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29 Aug
Hello Kitty Con VIP Giveaway
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Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary

Are you ready for our biggest giveaway yet? Over the next three weeks, you and a friend will have the chance to be VIP guests at Hello Kitty Con! The prize includes airfare, lodging in a Hello Kitty room at the official hotel partner for Hello Kitty Con, tickets to Hello Kitty Con and access to a special VIP event! 

The Hello Kitty Con VIP Giveaway includes both a contest and a sweepstakes. Each Friday for the next three weeks, we'll post a new challenge here on the Hello Kitty Blog. At the end of each challenge period, one lucky winner will be chosen at random in a sweepstakes drawing for a weekly prize. 

After the three weeks, we'll select one Grand Prize VIP contest winner from all of the eligible contestants who participated by submitting photos for all three weekly challenges! 

And just so you know, the VIP contest winner will have their three photos judged on adherence to the weekly theme, creativity, and how well the photos express Sanrio's "small gift, big smile" philosophy. The VIP contest winner will be selected by our special guest judges, Maria Fleischman (Hello Kitty Junkie) and Oliver Juang (HKGuy)! 

Ready for the first challenge? This week it's Hello Kitty Flashback week, and for the sweepstakes, we're giving away a limited-edition 40th anniversary Hello Kitty prize pack which includes a double pen pouch, mug with stirrer and a cosmetic pouch! 

Hello Kitty Retro Design

Hello Kitty's 40th anniversary is this year – what was your favorite flashback memory of Hello Kitty throughout the years? 

Here's how to enter: 
1. Follow @HelloKitty on Instagram or Twitter
2. Instagram or tweet a photo of your favorite Hello Kitty memory! 
3. Tag your picture with #HelloKittyCon and #HelloContest. 
4. Include a comment with your photo to identify the Weekly Challenge theme. 

Don't forget – your Instagram or Twitter profile needs to be public for the entry to be valid, you must be at least 18 years old (and above the age of majority in your state) and a U.S. resident. Please go to www.sanrio.com/hello-kitty-con-vip-giveaway to check out the Official Rules for complete terms, conditions, alternative means to enter the sweepstakes, eligibility requirements, and prize descriptions. 

No purchase or payment necessary to enter the sweepstakes or contest. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Instagram, Facebook, Google+, or Twitter. 

Questions? Check out our FAQs below! 

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the weekly sweepstakes winners and VIP contest winner be announced? 
The weekly sweepstakes winners will be announced at the end of September and the VIP Grand Prize winner will be announced at the beginning of October right here on the Hello Kitty Blog

Where can I find out what the weekly challenges are? 
Each Friday, the weekly challenge will be posted here on the Hello Kitty Blog. Stay tuned! 

How are the weekly sweepstakes winners chosen? 
Each week, we will pick a winner at random from all eligible entrants. You can obtain a sweepstakes entry by submitting a photo for the weekly challenge or by sending an email. Please see the Official Rules for details. 

How will the Grand Prize VIP contest winner be chosen? 
If you submitted a photo for each weekly challenge, your three photos will be combined into your contest entry. Each contest entry will be judged based on how closely the contest entry fits with the weekly theme, creativity and how well they express the "small gift, big smile" philosophy. 

Do you need to be a weekly winner to be entered to win the VIP contest? 
No – you can still win the Grand Prize even if you are not a weekly sweepstakes winner. 

What are the prizes? 
For the sweepstakes, there are three weekly prizes: 
Week One: A limited-edition 40th Anniversary prize pack with a retro 1974 design to include a double pen pouch, mug with stirrer and a cosmetic pouch. 
Week Two: A limited-edition 40th Anniversary prize pack with a Hello Kitty Hugs design to include a tote bag, letter set, stickers and a barrette. 
Week Three: The commemorative hard-cover book Hello Kitty Collaborations, which celebrates the 40 years of Hello Kitty. 
For the Contest, there is one Grand Prize: 
Round-trip airfare, lodging in a Hello Kitty room at the official hotel partner of Hello Kitty Con, tickets to all four days of Hello Kitty Con and access to a special VIP event for the Grand Prize winner and a guest. 

How will I know if I won? 
Winners will be notified via a direct message on Instagram, Twitter or email depending on method used to submit entries. Potential weekly sweepstakes winners will be notified between September 22nd and September 23rd, 2014. The potential Grand Prize winner will be notified between September 26th and October 2nd, 2014. The winner's message will include instructions and deadlines for responding. Once notified, winners will need to follow the directions in the direct message. 

Will I be notified if I was NOT chosen as a winner?
Sorry, but only the winners will be notified. If you do not receive a notification by October 2nd, 2014, then you are not one of the winners. 

Who selects the winners?
We're so excited that Sanrio superfans Maria Fleischman (Hello Kitty Junkie) and Oliver Juang (HKGuy) are on board to be our contest judges! 

Maria is a graphic designer and blogger. Born in Japan and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, she attended California State University, Northridge, where she earned her B.A. in Art. She enjoys kawaii things from Japan, Zumba and everything Hello Kitty. In 2012, she was a contestant on Nippon Daisuki Gaikokujin Grand Prix (Fuji TV), a Japanese TV show which was about foreigners who love Japanese pop culture. She has been featured in Hello Kitty Fashion Magazine and Hello Kitty Sweet Happy Fun Book. She currently works as a designer for tokidoki, blogs at hellokittyjunkie.com, and moderates the community at hellokittyjunkies.ning.com

"HKGuy" got his nickname when someone couldn't remember his name, only that there was "some Hello Kitty guy". He works as a software engineer in Silicon Valley, and has been collecting Hello Kitty items for approximately 15 years. The first item in the collection was the Hello Kitty Dreamcast, a limited-edition version of a video game system in 1999. The second was the "shoulder massager", and after that many more electronic items. Over time the collection included anything "cute", and is now limited by space in the storage unit (5'x10'). Special items of pride in this collection are Hello Kitty baseballs signed by Yuko Yamaguchi (the lead designer for Hello Kitty), mahjong sets, and various limited-edition plushes. Other hobbies include making jewelry and reading science fiction books. 

How many photos can I enter into the VIP contest or sweepstakes? 
You can post as many photos as you'd like for each Weekly Challenge, but only the first photo you post for each Weekly Challenge will be entered into that week's sweepstakes drawing and only the first photo you submit for each Weekly Challenge will be combined into your Contest Entry. 

Can I still enter the VIP contest in weeks two and three? 
Yes! If you missed the weekly sweepstakes challenges but still want to enter the VIP contests, you can add your three images using the hashtags and comments before September 18th, 2014 and still be entered in the contest to win the VIP prize. But remember, you won't be entered to win the weekly sweepstakes for any prior drawings. 

I posted a photo a couple months ago that fits one of the weekly sweepstakes challenges. Can I tag that photo with the hashtags and have it considered as an entry? 
No. Photos that have been posted to Instagram and Twitter before August 29th, 2014 are not eligible. 

Where can I send additional questions? 
Please email social@sanrio.com with any questions! Questions will be answered Monday through Friday, between 9 am and 5 pm Pacific Time.

Can I enter if I'm outside the United States?
Sorry, but this sweepstakes and contest are for U.S. residents only. However, you are welcome to share your pictures and join in the 40th anniversary fun! 

I turn 18 this year – does that count? 
You must be 18 and above the age of majority in your home state by August 29th, 2014 to be eligible. 

Are there any additional requirements to be eligible for the Grand Prize? 
Winners will be required to provide their Social Security Number and submit an affidavit of eligibility and compliance with rules form, a release of liability form and to fill out a W9 form solely for tax reporting purposes and any other required documentation. The winner's guest will also be required to submit documentation. 

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