Meet “Home Free” Contest Winners Cathy and Bill Campbell
In 2013, Choose Tallahassee launched a “Home Free” contest, a first-of-its-kind competition targeting baby boomers throughout the country for a chance to win a complimentary, year-long residence in Tallahassee as well as a year’s worth of other amenities such as college football season tickets, local golf club memberships, meals at Tallahassee’s fine restaurants, tickets to the Capital City’s numerous cultural events and more.
More than 200 baby boomers throughout the country entered the “Home Free” contest. A Choose Tallahassee judging panel and “crowdsourcing” votes from the public helped whittle down the applicants to 25 semifinalists. The judging panel then requested video entries from the semifinalists, using those submissions to pick the five finalists. Bill and Cathy Campbell, a couple from New Boston, New Hampshire, were selected as the grand prize winners after a round of digital interviews. Cathy is a retired small business owner and Bill is a Vietnam veteran, retired Marine and retired meteorologist from Weather Services International.
Cathy received the call saying that they had won the competition while staring at a 14-foot snowbank outside a pharmacy in New Hampshire. In August 2014, the Campbells traded in their New Hampshire snow shovel for North Florida sunshine and relocated to their Betton Hills home in Tallahassee. Since then, they have been immersing themselves in the rich culture of Florida’s Capital City. On their very first weekend in the community, the Campbells showed their love for Leon County by hosting their daughter’s wedding amongst the beautiful foliage of Maclay Gardens State Park. In fact, the Campbell family loved Tallahassee so much that Bill and Cathy’s daughter, Holly, and her son relocated to Tallahassee at the end of last year!
“We are very grateful for the opportunity Choose Tallahassee has given us,” said Cathy Campbell. “Living in Tallahassee has been a joyful experience so far and we can’t wait to find out what more it has to offer.”
Follow the Campbell’s story and experiences by reading their Tallahassee Democrat community blog, posted below!