Toshiba Announces The History Museum of Hood River County
as Winner of Grand Prize in the Phone-A-Saurus Facebook Contest
IRVINE, Calif., June 28, 2012 ― Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division (Toshiba) — www.telecom.toshiba.com, today announced that The History Museum of Hood River County garnered the most public votes and won Grand Prize in the Toshiba Phone-A-Saurus Facebook video contest. The History Museum will receive a complete Toshiba business telephone system, including installation, a value of $2,500.
Located in Hood River, Ore., The History Museum began collecting artifacts in 1907 to preserve the diverse cultural heritage of the community. Referred by Authorized Toshiba Dealer NW Communications Systems Inc., the winning video submission addressed the need for a new phone system using vintage phones and costumes that date back to the turn of the century. The museum, staffed mainly by a team of volunteers, is currently undergoing major renovations.
The Toshiba Phone-A-Saurus Facebook promotion challenged organizations to submit a video demonstrating why they need a new business telephone system. The Toshiba judging committee selected the top three finalists, after which the public was given the opportunity to watch and vote for their favorite video.
Taking second place and receiving a 32” Toshiba LCD flat screen TV (valued at $450) is South County Outreach (SCO), a non-profit organization helping families in crisis with food, rental and utility assistance, homeless prevention counseling, housing, computer training, clothing and other seasonal programs. SCO is based in Lake Forest, Calif. SCO’s video submission demonstrated the need for a new phone system to communicate with its army of volunteers. Kathy Wilbur, vice president of IT for Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., and Melinda White, vice president of Finance & Accounting of Toshiba’s Digital Products Group, both sit on the board of SCO but were not involved in the judging process.
Winning third place and a Toshiba Thrive™ tablet (valued at $399) is Crossroads Hospice in Kansas City, Mo., an organization that provides services and support to patients and families needing end-of-life care. Referred by local Authorized Toshiba Dealer Commworld of Kansas City, Crossroads went to town with its video submission, which included an original song and rapping grannie.
“We congratulate The History Museum and all of the winners. We’re pleased that so many deserving organizations took the time to create videos for a chance to win one of our business telephone systems,” said Brian Metherell, vice president and general manager of Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division. “In addition to prizes, the second and third place winners will be given an opportunity to purchase a Toshiba business telephone system at a generous discount.”