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Robert Cox

We won The TSO Symphony of Lights Contest

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I just met with the local news and the rep from forest city malls. And we won the grand prize. This is so awesome, what a surprise. The are flying us to chicago new years eve weekend to see TSO in concert. I am actually shaking right now i am so excited.

They are making the official press release at any time.

WOOO HOOOO

Bob

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I have to say CONGRATS!!

I think every PC member wanted that title...Oh well, There is always next year!

Congrats again!

BTW, When are we going to find out all of the regional winners?

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Ahhh my friend congrats. I know my opinion is bias because we have become such great friends. But awesome news you and your family deserve it enjoy.

Dave

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Awesome Job!!!! Enjoy the show.....hope you have a little bit of free time to look around...Chicago is beautiful this time of year!!!!

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Hi Robert,

Congratulations on winning the contest! You definately deserved it! You must be bouncing off the walls right now!

If you can, try to post a "trip report" with pictures on your trip to see TSO in Chicago. :)

Do you know if you'll be able to meet TSO? If you do get to meet them, please tell them we appreciate them not blocking our videos on youtube due to copywrite content and that we would love for them to come out with some more Christmas songs! They are truely a great band!

Again, your house looks absolutely awesome!

-Chris

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I am taking my camera with me and will document the whole trip.

It would be awesome to meet TSO. I will post all the pics on our site when we get back.

Bob

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Good job! I am glad a PC member won!

If for some reason you cannot make it, let me know. Maybe thats the reason our video is directly below yours on the page.:rolleyes:;):D

My wife Michelle says congrats also.

Have fun!

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I just met with the local news and the rep from forest city malls. And we won the grand prize. This is so awesome, what a surprise. The are flying us to chicago new years eve weekend to see TSO in concert. I am actually shaking right now i am so excited.

Bob

Bob...

Congratulations! Way to go! I had entered the competition too, so I know you were up against a lot of great displays. I only won first prize for the region ($300 to the Pittsburg Forest City Mall). I'll get you next time though... :)

The rest of the regional winners are posted on the site http://www.symphonyinlights.com/info/videos.cfm

Have a great trip to Chicago. You're gonna love the concert. Bundle up!

D.T.

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Bob,

Congratulations on a great display!!!

I found out I won the Florida region, although they posted the video of someone else instead of mine on the winners page. Hopefully they'll get it corrected tomorrow!

Once again, GREAT JOB BOB!!!!

Ron Lister

www.christmaswonders.com

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