Maryland Student Wins 2012 Ford Escape Courtesy of Super 8
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Maryland Student Wins 2012 Ford Escape Courtesy of Super 8

PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwire - Sep 21, 2011) - Derek Hooper, a native of Pittsburg, Kan., and second year seminary student at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md., is feeling super after being named the grand prize winner of the Super 8® hotel brand's ″Gr8 Escape″ Sweepstakes.

As the grand prize winner, Hooper is now the proud owner of a 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid Limited with voice-activated SYNC® In-Car Connectivity System, power moon roof, premium leather seats, rear view camera and SIRIUS® Satellite Radio. The prize carries a value of $40,000.

″This is truly unbelievable,″ said Hooper. ″I've really wanted a larger car for awhile now so you can imagine my surprise when I found out that all of the sudden, I have a new Ford Escape Hybrid. I couldn't be happier or more appreciative.″

In addition to the new Ford Escape, Hooper also received 88,000 Wyndham Rewards® points, good for free hotel nights or any one of hundreds of other reward options. Wyndham Rewards points are the currency for Wyndham Rewards, the world's largest hotel loyalty program with more than 6,500 participating hotels, which includes not only Super 8 hotels but many others. A free hotel night can be redeemed for as little as 6,000 points. A full list of finalists is available at

″Our goal with the Gr8 Escape Sweepstakes was to give one lucky Facebook fan the opportunity to take the road trip of a lifetime,″ said John Valletta, president of the Super 8 brand. ″With keys to a brand new car in his pocket and points redeemable for multiple stays at thousands of Super 8 hotels across the U.S. and Canada, all that's left is for Derek to figure out where he'll go and which lucky friends will go with him.″

Open to residents of the U.S. and Canada, the Super 8 hotel brand's Gr8 Escape Sweepstakes launched on August 8 in celebration of the eighth month of the year, the unofficial month of the Super 8 brand. For three weeks through August 28, eight individuals were randomly selected on a weekly basis to receive prize packages of 88,000 Wyndham Rewards points and become finalists in a random drawing to win the Ford Escape Hybrid. Finalists were announced as they were chosen on

Super 8 Worldwide, a member of the Wyndham Hotel Group family of lodging brands, is a chain of economy hotels located throughout the United States, Canada and China. All properties in North America offer complimentary high-speed Internet access, expanded cable television, in-room coffeemaker and SuperStart® continental breakfast. Select properties offer meeting and business facilities, fitness centers, swimming pools and allow pets. Children under 17 stay free with a parent.

Super 8 hotels in the United States and Canada participate in Wyndham Rewards, the world's largest lodging loyalty program as measured by more than 6,500 participating hotels throughout 36 countries worldwide.

Reservations and information are available by calling (800) 800-8000 or by visiting Super 8 hotels are independently owned and operated under franchise agreements with Super 8 Worldwide, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN). For more information about hotel franchising opportunities visit



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