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AALAS Foundation – "Guitar Animal Hero" Contest Registration

Sound Check…One, Two, Three!

Tune up your guitars and gather up your paint brushes – the Guitar Animal Hero contest is on!

Do you want to be part of an exciting and creatively challenging contest that’s sure to be loads of fun and will also benefit the AALAS Foundation?

Austin, Texas is known for its live music scene – country, blues and rock. We know all the people and animals working in laboratory animal science are ROCK STARS – strumming to a fast beat to achieve medical discoveries. So, this year the AALAS Foundation has designed a “Guitar Animal Hero” contest and we are challenging contestants to paint/decorate a wooden 10” guitar – to be shipped to contestants upon registration and payment of entry fee.

Don’t worry - You don’t have to know how to play a guitar to enter the contest!

To Enter the Contest: A $45 contest entry fee and a 2017 “Guitar Animal Hero” Contest entry form must be completed and received by the AALAS Foundation no later than September 8, 2017. Entry fees and registration may be made online via the official online registration form, or, by check, money order, or credit card.

Mailed registration forms and entry fees should be addressed to:

    AALAS Foundation
    ATTN: “Guitar Animal Hero”
    9190 Crestwyn Hills Drive
    Memphis, TN 38125

Checks should be made payable to the AALAS Foundation.

Each decorated guitar entered into the contest will be assigned a unique registration number by the AALAS Foundation. All entries must be assigned into one of the following contest categories: Individual Category, Corporate Category, Branch Category or Institution / Organization Category. Note: AALAS Foundation reserves the right to make final category selections for all entries.

All who register for the contest and pay the $45 contest registration fee will be provided a unique contest registration number, the official “Guitar Animal Hero” wooden 10” guitar for painting/decorating, along with specific guidelines for the contest.

Contest Guidelines

  • All contestants are required to submit an officially approved AALAS Foundation “Guitar Animal Hero” contest wooden guitar for entry into the contest. An official contest wooden guitar will be mailed to contest entrants upon receipt of contest entry fee;
  • Any artistic media may be used on the guitar entries – paint, glue, pencil, ink, paper, staple, textiles, etc.;
  • All entries must include the “Guitar Animal Hero” contest registration number displayed on the back of the guitar;
  • All entries must not exceed more than 11” in height;
  • All entries must not exceed more than 4” in width;
  • All entries must not exceed more than 1/4” in depth;
  • All entries must not weigh more than one pound;
  • All contest entries must be received by the AALAS Foundation at the 2017 “Guitar Animal Hero” Booth in Austin, Texas, between Sunday, October 15, 2017 and Monday, October 18, 2017.
  • Contestants must provide a digital photo of their entry to the AALAS Foundation by September 29, 2017, to be eligible for inclusion in the Facebook photo gallery. Email photos to foundation@aalas.org.

NOTE: All entries MUST be able to fit and display in an official “Guitar Animal Hero” stand at the 2017 National Meeting. See image to the right.

Digital photos of the final guitar entries should be submitted to the AALAS Foundation in advance of the 2017 AALAS National Meeting for posting on the AALAS Foundation’s Facebook page. All registered entries will be on display at the AALAS Foundation “Guitar Animal Hero” contest booth at the 2017 National Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Prior to the start of the 2017 National Meeting, the public will have an opportunity to go online to judge the guitar entries and “vote” for their favorite entry. A “vote” is a financial donation to the AALAS Foundation. Each “vote” requires a minimum $5.00 donation. Online contest “voting” begins Monday, October 2, 2017 and ends Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at 11:00 am CST.

Beginning Sunday, October 15, 2017, attendees of the 2017 National Meeting will be able to “vote” ($5.00 minimum “vote”/donation) on behalf of their favorite guitar entry at the AALAS Foundation’s “Guitar Animal Hero” contest booth at the 2017 National Meeting in Austin, Texas. All contest “voting”/donating ends Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. CST.

All branches, companies, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate. The main goal of this lively event is to help raise funds to support the AALAS Foundation in its mission to educate the public about the importance of biomedical research and the compassionate professionals working in the field of laboratory animal science.

Winner Selection

AALAS members, their family and friends may “vote” on behalf of the guitar entry of their choosing. The awarding of “votes” is actually a financial donation to the AALAS Foundation. A winner from each of the four (4) categories will be selected. The entry that receives the most “votes”/donations on its behalf by the end of the contest, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 11:00 am CST, will be deemed the first place winner of its category.

The first place winner of each category (Individual, Corporate, Branch, Institution /Organization) will be automatically entered into the live auction on Wednesday night, October 18, 2017.

Optional Entry into AALAS Foundation Silent Auction

All entrants into the contest may opt to donate their entry into the AALAS Foundation’s silent auction. (Note: By registering into this contest, entrants agree that should their entry be one of the first place category winning entries that their piece is deemed an automatic donation to the AALAS Foundation’s Live Auction.)
Entries donated to the AALAS Foundation Silent Auction will be acknowledged as a $45 donation to the AALAS Foundation

“Guitar Animal Hero” Entry Pick Up

All entries not donated or automatically placed in the AALAS Foundation’s Silent & Live Auction must be picked up by its owner no later than 2:00 pm CST on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. The AALAS Foundation will not be responsible for entries not picked up after this date and time.

All contestants are required to submit an officially approved AALAS Foundation 100 ALL STAR Race car for entry into the contest (link to purchase official “100 ALL STAR wooden race car” ($12.99 plus shipping) will be sent to contest entrants upon receipt of contest entry fee.);

Any artistic media may be used on the race car entries – paint, glue, pencil, ink, paper, staple, paper, textiles, etc.;

All race car entries must include the “100 ALL STAR Race” contest registration number displayed on the bottom of the race car;

All race car entries must not exceed more than 8” in height;

All race car entries must not exceed more than 8” in width;

All race car entries must not exceed more than 3.5” in depth;

All race car entries must not weigh more than one pound;

All contest entries must be received by the AALAS Foundation at the 2016 “100 ALL STAR Race” Booth in Charlotte, North Carolina, between Sunday, October 30, 2016 and Monday, October 31, 2016.

Digital photos of the race car entries should be submitted to the AALAS Foundation in advance of the 2016 AALAS National Meeting for posting on the AALAS Foundation’s Facebook page. All registered entries will be on display at the AALAS Foundation “100 ALL STAR Race” booth at the 2016 National Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Prior to the start of the 2016 National Meeting, the public will have an opportunity to go online to judge the race car entries and “vote” for their favorite entry.  A “vote” is a financial donation to the AALAS Foundation.  Each “vote” requires a minimum $5.00 donation. Online contest “voting” begins Monday, October 3, 2016 and ends Wednesday, November 2,, 2016 at 11:00 am EST.

Beginning Sunday, October 30, 2016, attendees of the 2016 National Meeting will be able to “vote” ($5.00 minimum “vote”/donation) on behalf of their favorite race car entry at the AALAS Foundation’s “100 ALL STAR Race” contest booth at the 2016 National Meeting in Charlotte, NC. All contest “voting”/donating ends Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. EST.

All branches, companies, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate. The main goal of this lively event is to help raise funds to support the AALAS Foundation in its mission to educate the public about the importance of biomedical research and the compassionate professionals working in the field of laboratory animal science.

Winner Selection

AALAS members, their family and friends may “vote” on behalf of the race car entry of their choosing. The awarding of “votes” is actually a financial donation to the AALAS Foundation. A winner from each of the four (4) categories will be selected. The race car entry that receives the most “votes”/donations on its behalf by the end of the contest, Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at 11:00 am EST, will be deemed the first place winner of its category.

The first place winner of each category (Individual, Corporate, Branch, Institution /Organization) will be automatically entered into the live auction on Wednesday night, November 2nd, 2016.

Optional Entry into AALAS Foundation Silent Auction

All entrants into the contest may opt to donate their entry into the AALAS Foundation’s silent auction. (Note: By registering into this contest, entrants agree that should their entry be one of the first place category winning entries that their piece is deemed an automatic donation to the AALAS Foundation’s Live Auction.)

Entries donated to the AALAS Foundation Silent Auction will be acknowledged as a $25 donation to the AALAS Foundation

“100 ALL STAR Race Contest” Entry Pick Up

All entries not donated or automatically placed in the AALAS Foundation’s Silent & Live Auction must be picked up by its owner no later than 2:00 pm EST on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016. The AALAS Foundation will not be responsible for entries not picked up after this date and time.