Tribute’s Arthur NYC trip contest winner tells all!

Mark Villanueva of Ottawa, Ontario was shocked when he found out he’d won Tribute’s Trip to Arthur New York City Premiere contest. He told us he’d just walked in the door when the phone rang — it was Tribute on the line to tell him the good news. At first, he says he thought he was going to hear he’d won a small prize, like a DVD — he was not expecting to hear he’d won a trip to New York to meet the stars of Arthur!

On Monday April 4th, Mark and his wife flew to New York City for a two-night stay at the Loews Regency Hotel. He told us: “We had a total blast in New York; we spent the few days exploring the city and taking in the sites. The premiere was very cool, especially having the actors right there enjoying the show too.” He says Russell Brand, who does a great job at playing Arthur, sat about 15 rows behind them and afterwards, he and co-star Helen Mirren mingled with the audience, signing autographs and posing for photos. Mark sent us some photographs from his trip, including one of him at the top of the Empire State Building and a nice close up of Russell! Thanks to Mark for sending us the photographs and congratulations on winning! 

Mark’s story is an inspiration to all Tribute users to keep entering our contests — we’ve got some great ones right now, including a Starwood Caribbean trip for two and another Arthur-themed trip for two to New York City — it might be your story and photos here on our blog in the near future. Good luck!

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  1. mark villanueva • April 8, 2011 @ 12:07 PM

    Thank you so very much Tribute, it was a great trip and its very cool seeing an article written about oneself.

  2. Sharonne Katz • April 8, 2011 @ 12:16 PM

    Was so happy for you my friend. I am glad you got to see NY. Tribute – it looked like a trip of a lifetime.

  3. Iris • April 8, 2011 @ 12:30 PM

    Great to see the winner enjoying his trip. A big, “Thank you” to Tribute for giving us all the hope that, we too may have a chance at a fun experience like Mark’s someday too!

  4. zvi vaxman • April 8, 2011 @ 12:52 PM

    just plain amazing.. congrats Mark and well done tribute!

  5. Summer • April 8, 2011 @ 1:16 PM

    Love it! Congrats Mark!!

  6. Glenn H • April 8, 2011 @ 1:18 PM

    Way to go Mark.. didn’t know you won the trip… must have been a blast.. with all the unlimited entry contests that tribute has, never thought people I knew would win!!

  7. Kim Coady • April 8, 2011 @ 3:50 PM

    So glad you had a great time. I just might enter Tributes’s contests now too.

  8. jeremy • April 8, 2011 @ 4:47 PM

    Well done Mark!

  9. wayne • April 8, 2011 @ 5:17 PM

    congrats man! Sounds like you had a great trip.

  10. Jane Harris • April 8, 2011 @ 6:19 PM

    WAY TO GO, MARK!!!!! Congratulations on the GREAT win!!! So cool to see your picture and story on Tribute! LOL … 😀

  11. Dian Anderson • April 8, 2011 @ 8:19 PM

    Great trip and win Mark. glad you had a great time. I never thought there was a chance of winning a Tribute trip when it i unlimited entries. Cheers

  12. blessedta • April 8, 2011 @ 9:37 PM

    Congrats Mark!

  13. Doris C • April 8, 2011 @ 10:33 PM

    Wow! That’s awesome! Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!

  14. aeroangie • April 9, 2011 @ 1:38 AM

    Great to see someone I know and like win! Congrats Mark please dust me with some of that winning stuff you have lol. I am happy to see these contests are real 🙂
    Russell is a good looking fella 🙂 Oh and your not so bad looking yourself 🙂

  15. George • April 9, 2011 @ 12:22 PM

    Congratulations! What a great story! I’ve won a few movies passes over the years from Tribute but the big one remains elusive…you have encouraged to keep on trying!

  16. Danny • April 9, 2011 @ 1:31 PM

    That’s great…

  17. Andrea • April 10, 2011 @ 6:59 PM

    I love this, thank you so much Mark and Tribute for sharing that with us! It’s hard to win a contest because so many people enter but I’m going to keep trying!

  18. Tracey • April 10, 2011 @ 10:11 PM

    Wow Mark. That’s awesome…

  19. Tanya • April 10, 2011 @ 10:12 PM

    Looks like you had a blast

  20. Natoma • April 12, 2011 @ 8:28 AM

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy!!! Sounds like a fab experience!!!

  21. Sandy • April 20, 2011 @ 9:52 AM

    Wooo hooo!! Way to go Mark!! Looks like you had a fantastic time 🙂 I will never doubt the Tribute contests again! Congrats!

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    Congrats!!!

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