Spread the Joy with Marriott Rewards® Year of Surprises

*Disclosure: I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Marriott Rewards. I received Marriott Points to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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Last week, I posted on Facebook how nice it would be to have a happy, out of the ordinary surprise to make that day a little different from all the rest. That evening, some good friends appeared on my doorstep singing Christmas carols (in August!), with a box of donuts just for me. “Surprise!” they said. I was so touched!

I love a good surprise. Life can sometimes get busy, and all to predictable – with surprises, I love the feeling of being totally caught off guard (in a good way), and the tangible proof that you are loved and cared for.

Marriott Rewards® Year of Surprises

Is there someone special you would like to surprise? Someone with an important birthday coming up? Or maybe someone you would like to see reunited with family or friends? To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Marriott Rewards is throwing the surprise party of a lifetime for one lucky winner!

Marriott Rewards Year of Surprises

About Marriott Rewards:

Voted “Program of the Year” 7 years in a row, Marriott Rewards is free to join and gives members exclusive benefits for their loyalty. For instance, members can earn and redeem points at 14 distinct hotel brands with more than 3,800 hotels in 70 countries and territories. Members can also choose to redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more.

About the YearofSurprises.com contest:

  • The final entry period ends August 31st, so get your nomination in right away!
  • Limit one entry per person per email address.
  • FOUR winners will be notified in September, and the parties will be scheduled from then until the end of the year.
  • Winners will be chosen based on the appeal of the nomination essay, as well as the creativity and uniqueness of the surprise, and other factors.
  • You do not need to be a Marriott Rewards member to nominate someone, but if your entry wins, you and the person you nominate will need to enroll. You can do that for free at Marriott.com/rewards.
  • For the entire list of Official Rules, visit YearofSurprises.com/Rules.

Marriott Rewards Parties To Date

Eight winners have already been announced from the first two Year of Surprises nomination periods. Four parties have taken place, and they have been spectacular!

26 year old Stephanie – a survivor of brain cancer and a stroke – celebrated life and her engagement with her family, fiance, and friends at a country BBQ and dance at TheVineyards and Winery at Lost Creek in Leesburg,VA. For his 30th birthday, devoted father and husband Bryan enjoyed an evening of music and special performances at The Baron’s Theatre at Whiskey Row Lofts in Louisville,KY. For his 50th birthday, military vet and role model Philip was surprised by an all-American evening of down-home Southern comfort food at the private lounge at the Columbia Marriott.

The surprise I am probably most moved by, though, is the high school graduation party Courtney’s parents threw for him. Having been through this milestone with my oldest, and preparing to go through it again with my next daughter this year, this hits close to home. I can also relate to Courtney’s challenge of being moved away from all his friends in his sophomore year, as our family did the same thing when my two daughter were in high school. The fact that Courtney’s friends were flown out to celebrate with him was fantastic!

Read more background on each winner and check out more photos from the surprise parties at YearofSurprises.com/latest-parties.