Winner of gift grab contest racks up nearly $800 in merchandise

John McDevitt
November 27, 2018 - 2:56 pm
A $300 Rocky statue was among items grabbed during a contest promoting Philly-centric gifts at the Independence Visitor Center.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A $300 Rocky statue was among items grabbed during a contest promoting Philly-centric gifts at the Independence Visitor Center. 

Erin McGee of South Philly had 60 seconds to grab as many items from the gift shop as she could carry.

"I wanted sweatshirts, some clothes, some Christmas items for the kids, and obviously the Rocky statue because it's a big ticket item and it's awesome," she said.   

"You had to enter through Instagram, and one of our goals is to increase our social media presence and followers and we did that," said James Cuorato, CEO of the Independence Visitors Center Corporation. "We had several hundred entrants and we picked Erin at random. We also wanted to show off our gift shop, which we are very proud of as we enter the holiday season here. There are Philadelphia gifts for everyone on your shopping list."

Erin racked up $775.84 in merchandise.

The Independence Visitor Center Corporation will match that and write a check to a local charity.