Patch to Present Davis, CA Public Schools With $100,000 Grand Prize Following Holiday Lighting Contest

Ceremony at Blue Devils vs. Thundering Herd Half-Time Set for Friday, Jan 27, 7:00 PM PT

NEW YORK, NY - January 25, 2012 - The city of Davis, CA will enjoy an extended holiday season as it prepares to receive one more gift: a cash prize of $100,000 to benefit Davis public schools. This financial windfall to kick off the new year is a result of Davis residents Kristy and Jim Powell having earned the title "Best Decked House." The Powell's earned this distinction by garnering the most votes in Patch's "Deck the House" contest, a national search among the 850+ Patch communities for the best holiday home decorations. The Powell's display earned them $500 towards their December electric bill and a $100,000 grand prize for their local schools. The check will be presented during the half-time festivities when the Davis High School Blue Devils meet the Elk Grove Thundering Herd at Friday night's basketball game: January 27, 7:00 PM at Davis High School.

Davis Patch Local Editor Justin Cox and winning homeowner Kristy Powell will make the half-time presentation to Davis Schools Superintendent Winfred Roberson. "Weare so excited and thrilled that the Davis School District will benefit from our winning the 'Deck the House' contest," says Powell. "The community worked together; everyone was tweeting, posting on Facebook, and emailing the news. Our Mayor even sent out emails to the community! It was amazing to see what our community will do for our kids, and the students are the true winners!"

"On behalf of everyone at Patch I want to congratulate Kristy and Jim Powell on their win," says Patch president Warren Webster. "We're thrilled that the Davis community came together to support the Powells' efforts in the contest - and that we can present this gift to Superintendent Roberson, School Board president Harris, the board, faculty, staff, parents and most importantly the students of Davis. We know they will put it to good use."

The Powells' winning display was titled "Candy Cane Court," which is what their street is called during the holidays. Featuring wooden cut-outs hand-made and painted by the Powell family, the display included such iconic winter favorites as a gingerbread house, penguins, snowmen, train station, toy shop, elves, and of course, candy canes.

"Deck the House" is Patch's third national contest to date. Prior contests were a Mother's Day "Spaliday" sweepstakes in May of 2011 to give Patch moms a welcome spa retreat from their hectic lives, and "Patch's Little Pumpkins Costume Challenge With Heidi Klum," for Halloween 2011, in which the superstar selected the most creative costume of the season from thousands of photos submitted through the Patch community.