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Valentine's Contest Urges Pittsburghers to Love City

On Valentine’s Day, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is reminding Pittsburghers to give their city some love, too.  

The PDP held a contest challenging people to share what they love about Pittsburgh.

Contestants were asked to send the PDP a photo of them holding a sign bearing the message “I Love Downtown Pittsburgh Because…” somewhere in the city, along with a caption explaining why they love Downtown.

“It could be where they fell in love with someone, it could be that they love the sports teams,” said Leigh White, PDP Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “We received a whole bunch of really great, charming submissions.”

The entries were posted to the PDP’s Facebook and Twitter pages for the public to view and vote on. The photo that received the most Facebook likes and Twitter retweets and favorites won a romantic prize pack including two tickets to the Pittsburgh Opera, passes to the Andy Warhol Museum, restaurant gift cards and one complimentary night’s stay at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel.

“We want people to remember that Downtown is a wonderful place to spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one,” White said. “Just by looking at the full list of prizes that were given, you can spend a really truly romantic and lovely weekend in downtown.”

The contest winner, Julia Lamar will receive a Downtown prize pack that includes tickets to see the Pittsburgh Opera, passes to the Andy Warhol Museum, a night's stay at the Doubletree, a dance lesson at Arthur Murray Downtown Dance Center, and gift cards.  

Lamar beat out 14 other submissions, including a pair of photos featuring furry four-legged friends. Edie, the canine ambassador at the Fairmont Hotel, and Willie, a canine celebrity in Market Square, submitted photos to the contest.

White said the contest gave people the opportunity to appreciate the city.

“One of the major things that our organization does is promote Downtown, and what better way to promote it than to have other people share what they love about the city as well?”