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Hope, perseverence and the healing power of the Cape and Islands

Contact: Elizabeth Weedon
Phone: (888) 281-8660

October 3, 2012, Brewster, MA - After 100+ days, 4500+ votes and 180+ inspiring and remarkable entries to the summer photo contest, Who Needs a Vacation?, ten finalists have been selected, and it's time for our panel of Cape Cod judges to weigh in.

From the generosity of phenomenal parents, to the selfless sacrifices of deployed soldiers and their families, to the amazing fighting spirit of individuals who suffer from or have survived a debilitating illness, virtually all of the nominations submitted to the contest were deserving of the Grand Prize of $2000 towards a vacation rental on

"The challenge for us was choosing just five finalists," says Jeff Talmadge, who has co-owned the Cape and Islands vacation rental website with his wife, Joan, since 1997. "Each and every entry embodies hope, perseverance, and a shared belief in the incredible healing power of the Cape and Islands. We wish we could give all of the nominees a Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket vacation."

The finalists (five entries with the top votes from our voting round and five entries chosen by the staff at ) will have their photos printed and matted for display at a live judging event hosted by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce on October 10th at the Lobster Claw in Orleans. The judges will narrow the field of ten down to three halfway through the evening, with the Grand Prize winner announced at 7:00pm. All ten finalist photos will then be raffled off to members of the audience.

Also during the event on October 10th, will present nearly $1000 in donations to the four charities featured in our contest. The organization selected in the winning photo entry will receive an additional $100.

Donation Totals

The Association to Preserve Cape Cod - $360.00
Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod - $210.00
Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops - $195.00
Nauset Neighbors - $130.00 

Panel of Judges

Dan Piggott, Mayflower Homemakers

Rich Bryant, Cape Associates, Inc.

Sarah Curley, The Furies Linen and Cleaning Service

Kristin Carey, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce

Christopher Seufert, Cape Cod Photographer and author of Cape Cod and Islands Reflections and The Cape Cod National Seashore

The contest is made possible by the generous support of our Co-Sponsors:

Mayflower Homemakers
Cape Associates, Inc.
The Furies Linen and Cleaning Service


About WeNeedaVacation: Since 1997, WeNeedaVacation has been providing an efficient and inexpensive way of matching vacationers and vacation rental homeowners. The website lists nearly 4,000 properties on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. The WeNeedaVacation Vacation Planner also offers extensive information to the 175,000+ vacationers who use our site yearly, including information about beaches, events, dining, activities, and shopping. Our amazing staff provides unparalleled guidance to our Cape & Islands vacation rental homeowners. Many of our staff are vacation rental owners themselves, and all work hard to promote this special place. We proudly belong to 17 local Chambers of Commerce.

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Phone: (888) 281-8660