$5,000 winner Jennifer Ford of Mechanicsville!
$5,000 winner Martine Voltaire of Fairfax Station!
Virginia529 provided two lucky families with a $5,000 college savings account in 2013 as part of our 529 day contest! Our hospital 529 day baby initiative expanded to 21 hospitals around the state and we launched the inaugural issue of the VA529 Xpress, our e–newsletter. And to top it off, Virginia529 launched a tuition raffle with the Children’s Museum of Richmond where one family won a full four year Virginia529 prePAID contract! Once again, 529 day was quite the event!
In 2012 the focus was turned to our online giveaway of 10 Virginia529 accounts with initial opening balances of $529. Entries were received from all over the U.S., with 10 lucky winners coming away with $529 towards a brighter future for their self or a loved one. The hospital initiative returned and again, several infants were born very lucky, winning $529 just as they took their first breath! What an exciting time for these families. We also participated in our first Twitter party #529Day!
Museums across Virginia joined in the fun for 2011! Our main event was held at the Science Museum of Virginia on May 29, 2011, where individuals enjoyed a reduced admission price of $5.29! Select museums in Virginia joined the celebration and offered reduced admission prices of $5.29 for guests as well. The 529 Day Baby Initiative was continued and once again proved to be a great success with eight newborns throughout Virginia receiving a college savings account with an initial $529 opening balance, just for being born!
On May 29, 2010 the 2nd annual 529 Day celebration was held in Richmond at the Diamond with the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Several of the contest winners from the 2009 529 Day Baby Initiative returned to celebrate their first birthday and throw the first pitch! We once again awarded college savings accounts with initial $529 opening balances to multiple mothers of infants born at Virginia hospitals and also awarded college savings accounts with initial $100 opening balances to three lucky spectators with a signed program from Nutzy the mascot.
May 29, 2009 was the inaugural 529 Day celebration for Virginia529. That year, and each year thereafter, we have partnered with select hospitals across the state of Virginia for a 529 Day Baby Initiative, where one lucky mom whose infant is born closest to 5:29 p.m. on May 29th is awarded a college savings account with an initial $529 opening balance. A celebration took place at Virginia529’s office in Richmond, where the public was invited to join us for games, prizes, pizza, cake and of course the chance to learn about and open a Virginia529 account.