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Six customers named winners in Wawa's Hoagiefest video, song contest

WAWA, Pa. -- Wawa Inc. has revealed the winners of the Hoagiefest Music Contest. Wawa's Hoagiefest contest ran for four weeks, during Wawa's in-store Hoagiefest Campaign. The contest challenged hoagie fanatics to create and submit an original song about Wawa and Hoagiefest or make a video to one of Wawa's official Hoagiefest tunes for a chance to win Wawa prizes, including free hoagies for a year and a chance to be featured on Wawa.com. Customers and fans then logged on towww.Hoagiefest.com and voted for their favorite song [image-nocss] or video.

David Haynie of Monroeville, N.J., won first place prize in Wawa's Hoagiefest contest in the category of Best Video for a piece entitled "Sub-Terranean Hoagie Blues," a take on Bob Dylan's classic video for his "Subterranean Homesick Blues." Out of 64 total entries, David is one of six winners, three in the category of original song and three in the category of best video.

Click hereto view the winning video.

Evan Emerle of Barrington, N.J., won second place prize in the category of Best Video for a piece entitled "I Love Wawa." Michael Hornfeck of Jackson, N.J., won third place prize in the category of Best Video for a piece entitled "The Hoagiefest Experience." Kevin Metz of Harleysville, Pa., won first place prize in the category of Best Song for a piece entitled "The Wawa Rap." Nicholas Franchi of West Chester, Pa., won second place prize in the category of Best Song for a piece entitled "Gotta Have a Wawa." Daniel Smith of Philadelphia won third place prize in the category of Best Song for a piece entitled "Don't Call 'Em Heroes."

In celebration of their accomplishment, Wawa invited the six winners to Wawa's corporate headquarters on August 10 for a private luncheon with Wawa's president and CEO Howard Stoeckel and members of Wawa's marketing team. After dining with the Wawa team, Haynie and his fellow contest winners were inducted into the Hoagie Hall of Fame, to officially commemorate their place in Wawa's Hoagie History.

"We are thrilled to celebrate our Hoagiefest contest winners and were truly blown away by the creativity and enthusiasm of their entries," said Stoeckel. "These individuals are the winners of our first ever Hoagiefest contest, making them a forever part of Wawa's great Hoagie tradition, a tradition we hope to carry on for years to come."

Wawa's grand prize winner in each category was awarded and received the following:
Opportunity to have his or her song or video featured on Wawa.com and Hoagiefest.com. Their Very Own "Hoagiefest': Supplies and/or funding for a 'Hoagiefest-style' party for 40 people including Wawa hoagies and Wawa bottled beverages, Wawa Hoagiefest beach towels, Wawa Hoagiefest t-shirts, Wawa Hoagiefest music CDs, an appearance by Wally Goose, Wawa's official mascot and a music disc jockey for entertainment. Wawa Shorti Hoagies for a year (to be awarded in the form of Wawa gift cards). Wawa Hoagiefest Prize Pack. One second place winner in each category was awarded and received the following:
Their Very Own Hoagiefest': Supplies and/or funding for a 'Hoagiefest-style' party at the location of your choosing within Deleware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Virginia for winner and up to 40 additional guests. Prize includes Wawa hoagies and Wawa bottles beverages, Wawa Hoagiefest beach towels, Wawa Hoagiefest t-shirts, Wawa Hoagiefest music CDs, an appearance by Wally Goose, Wawa's official mascot and a music disk jockey for entertainment. Wawa Shorti Hoagies for a year (to be awarded in the form of Wawa gift cards). Wawa Hoagiefest Prize Pack. One third place winner in each category was awarded and received the following:
Wawa Shorti Hoagies for a year (to be awarded in the form of Wawa gift cards). Wawa Hoagiefest Prize Pack. Click here to view and listen to all of the winning videos and songs.

Wawa, a privately held company, operates more than 570 convenience stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.