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Katie Ruffing meets Nicholas Sparks at 'The Best of Me' Movie Premiere

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Congratulations to Katie Ruffing of New York for winning our Nicholas Sparks The Best of Me Experience. She attended the movie’s world premiere in Los Angeles as part of a singular experience.

“I was at work when I opened the e-mail notifying me that I had won the sweepstakes,” Katie said via email. “I jumped up and down for about 10 minutes -- and only after that did I explain to my office-mate what was going on. It was the only sweepstakes I had ever entered, and I could not have imagined a better prize.”

Katie, who attended Yale, said she has been a Nicholas Sparks fan “ever since I saw A Walk to Remember, and I think my favorite book might actually be The Best of Me!”

“The characters are really very nuanced, and, although they're living through extraordinary circumstances, I like how realistic their internal thinking seemed to be. I especially liked the quote, 'Love, after all, always said more about those who felt it than it did about the ones they loved.' It's so well put, and so true, and made me want to think about how I love and what I would like for it to say about me."

Along with attending the movie’s premiere, Katie walked the red carpet and attended a VIP cast party following the screening.

“Maeve (one of my best friends from Yale) and I got to meet Nicholas Sparks, and take a photo with him on the red carpet,” Katie said. “We watched all of the stars walk in, and later saw them all again at the after party. My two hands-down highlights were nearly bumping into James Marsden on the red carpet (he's always seemed like the greatest and I wish I had gotten to talk to him!), as well as watching Lady Antebellum’s fantastic live set at the after party.”

“This is definitely an experience I will remember for the rest of my life, so thank you so much to Chideo and the Nicholas Sparks Foundation for making it possible. I can't wait to see The Best of Me again, and can't wait to see what amazing projects are ahead for Nicholas, Michelle, James, Liana, Luke and the rest of the wonderful cast! “

Thanks to everyone who entered. Your donations benefit the Nicholas Sparks Foundation, which is committed to inspiring and transforming students' lives through education, curriculum development, and life changing international experiences, so they are prepared to embrace a life of being active learners and engaged global citizens.

“I believe that education, at its best, breeds not only success and ambition, but also empathy, tolerance, and open-mindedness,” said Katie. “I feel very lucky to have had a globally minded education, and was happy to support the foundation's efforts to provide others with the same”

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Katie Ruffing meets Nicholas Sparks at 'The Best of Me' Movie Premiere

Enter for a chance to win a VIP package to “The Best of Me” movie premiere on the red carpet in Los Angeles, Calif.

Visit Chideo.com and donate to receive one or more entries, and/or submit free mail entries (see Official Rules for more details). Each entry is an additional chance to win a VIP package to the “The Best of Me” movie premiere in Los Angeles, Calif. Donations are to support the Nicholas Sparks Foundation. Additionally, for each donation of $100 or more, the donor will receive a signed copy of “The Best of Me” book.

NO PURCHASE OR DONATION NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open only to legal residents of the 50 US/DC who are 18 years of age or older (or age of majority in state of residence if higher than 18). Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. See Official Rules for details on making a donation or how to enter by mail.

Sweepstakes Entry Period: Starts at 12:00:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on Aug. 26, 2014 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. PT on Sept. 24, 2014. Mailed entries must be postmarked by Sept. 24, 2014 and received by Sept. 27, 2014.

Random Drawing: Held at approximately 9:00 a.m. central time on Sept. 29, 2014. Potential winner will have eight (8) hours to respond to email notification. If potential winner does not respond by stated deadline and/or the email notification is returned as undeliverable, potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate will be selected, time permitting. Potential winner and his/her designated guest will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Publicity Release Form and Background Check Consent Forms by 12:00 AM (midnight) CT on Sept. 29, 2014. Noncompliance/failure to clear background check may result in prize forfeiture and an alternate winner may be selected, time permitting.

One (1) Prize: Winner will receive two (2) VIP tickets to “The Best of Me” movie premiere, including a walk down the red carpet, a picture with Nicholas Sparks on the red carpet (subject to availability), and admission to a VIP party following the premiere with Nicholas Sparks and movie cast members in attendance. Prize also includes two (2) night’s hotel accommodations, round trip airfare for two (2) people and $500 in spending money. Trip dates: Oct. 6-8, 2014. Approximate retail value of the prize is $4,900.

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