May 20, 2005 — -- "Good Morning America" is looking for stories of real-life superheroes.
Have you had experience with a "real-life superhero?" Did someone go above and beyond to make a huge difference in your life, and you never got to thank them?
Send us your story of heroism, and you may win the chance to surprise your hero with a private, hometown screening of "Batman Begins" for your hero's friends and family, hosted by Warner Brothers! This thriller opens in theaters across America on June 15.
Please keep your story under 500 words. Include your own contact information, plus your name, address and daytime telephone numbers where you can be reached. You may include a photograph of the deserving person.
Any photographs submitted remain the property of "Good Morning America" and will not be returned.
Entries should be addressed to:
GMA's "Superhero" Contest
P.O. Box 231800
New York, NY 10023-1495
Or you can enter online by Clicking Here.
If sending a photo online, your photo can be in a .GIF ("jif") or .JPG ("j-peg") file. Don't forget to include your contact information.
Deadline for receipt of entries is May 30, 2005. No purchase necessary.
Sponsors are not responsible for mail that is lost, stolen, late, illegible, incomplete, damaged, mutilated, misdirected, altered, tampered with, or postage-due.
For Internet entries, sponsors are not responsible for failed, partial or garbled computer transmissions, or for technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to electronic malfunction or damage of any network, hardware or software. If for any reason the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, other causes beyond sponsors' control that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest, sponsors reserve the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest. No responsibility is assumed for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; or any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or electronic entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials from this contest.
Entrants must be legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia at time of entry.
Any individuals (including but not limited to employees, consultants, independent contractors, and interns) who have, within the past six months, performed services for ABC, Inc., or any organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the contest or supplying the prize, and/or their respective parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, and immediate family and household members of such individuals, are not eligible to enter. "Immediate family members" shall mean parents, stepparents, children, stepchildren, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses. "Household members" shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year.
One winner will be announced the week of June 6, 2005 by "Good Morning America's" panel of judges, based on essay originality, creativity, potential for on-air appeal and appropriateness for "Good Morning America." Decision of the judges is final.
All contestants must be available to travel to New York and appear on-air as guests of "Good Morning America" at a time designated by "Good Morning America," during the week of June 6, 2005. In the event winner is deemed ineligible, fails to comply with contest procedures, or is not available to travel during specified dates, prize will be awarded to runner-up, time permitting.
One Grand Prize winner, plus the writer of the winning essay, will travel to New York to appear on "Good Morning America;" minors will be accompanied by a parent or guardian. One night hotel accommodations will be provided in New York City. The winner will receive a private screening of the film "Batman Begins" in or near his or her hometown, along with his or her friends and family. All air transportation consists of round-trip coach air transportation to and from the major U.S. airport nearest winner's and essay writer's homes. Approximate retail value of each trip :$1,500. The private screening has no retail value.
Taxes: Federal, state and local taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner and winning essay writer, who will receive 1099 tax forms reflecting actual value of any prize valued at $600 or more.
Exchange/transfer of prizes: Winners are not entitled to transfer prizes or to obtain substitutes, but sponsors in their sole discretion may substitute prizes of equal or greater value.
Winners will be notified by phone.
To claim prize, (a) winner must provide proof of age, identity and residency, (b) winner must sign and return affidavit of eligibility/compliance with rules, publicity/liability release and indemnification, and (c) winner's intended guest(s) or travel companion(s) must sign liability/publicity release, all within the time period specified by Good Morning America.
By entering this contest, entrants agree to be bound by contest rules and by decisions of sponsors, which are final as to all contest-related matters. In addition, by participating in this contest and accepting any prize that they may win, entrants agree to release American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. and their parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, advertising and promotion agencies and prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees (collectively, the "Released Parties") from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, directly or indirectly, from participation in this contest and/or acceptance or use of any of the prizes. Entrants also authorize the Released Parties to use their name, voice, likeness, biographical data and city and state of residence in programming or promotional material or on a winner's list (if applicable) without further compensation unless prohibited by law.