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Utah National Guard and Stampin' Up! Surprise Guard Members with a Special Bermuda 'Tour of Duty'

January 16, 2008

Stampin' Up! donates 85 cruise cabins worth more than $300,000 to the Utah National Guard

Draper, UTAH (January 16, 2008)- The Utah National Guard and Utah-based Stampin' Up! surprised Guard members today with a special 'tour of duty' - a seven-day cruise to Bermuda that leaves New York City on March 29.  During a specially coordinated Guard meeting at the Utah National Guard Headquarters in Draper, Stampin' Up!'s CEO and co-founder, Shelli Gardner, thanked the Guard members for their service and announced that each of them won a cruise to Bermuda with a loved one. Stampin' Up!'s donation of the 85, double-occupancy, cruise cabins are worth more than $300,000.

"We are grateful to all of the Guard members for their service in representing and protecting Utah and the U.S.," Gardner said. "They demonstrate true loyalty and selflessness in fulfilling their duties locally and overseas. As a token of appreciation from Stampin' Up!, we are extremely thrilled and honored to donate these cruise cabins to the Utah National Guard."

The Utah National Guard's Family Programs' Office, which enhances the readiness and well being of military families, coordinated the selection of Guard members who will be going on the cruise. Guard members were invited to enter a random drawing to win one of the 85 Bermuda cruise cabins. A significant number of those chosen are Guard members who have been deployed, or will soon be deployed, to Iraq or Afghanistan. And many of these men and women have served multiple tours of duty overseas and have faced separations from their families and friends for great lengths of time.

"We thank Stampin' Up! for their generous donation to the Utah National Guard and for thinking of those Guard members who diligently serve our country," said Annette Barnes, Director of the Utah National Guard's Family Programs' Office. "This cruise will be a wonderful opportunity for Guard members to relax and enjoy a much-deserved vacation with a loved one." 

Each year, Stampin' Up!, a leading manufacturer and distributor of decorative rubber stamps and accessories, rewards its top independent sales consultants, called 'demonstrators,' with wonderful and well-earned incentive cruises. With a strong belief in giving back to neighboring communities, Stampin' Up!, has donated cruise cabins to local charities for the past three years for use in their fundraising efforts. In addition to the 85 cabins donated to the Utah National Guard this year, Stampin' Up! donated an additional 50 cabins to 25 local nonprofit organizations.

About Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up!, a 19-year-old, $240-million, direct-sales company, designs and manufactures an exclusive line of decorative rubber stamp sets and offers accessories for home décor, greeting cards, craft projects and scrapbooking. The company's size and recent growth reflect the ongoing worldwide passion for decorative rubber stamping and crafting. Its products are not sold in retail stores, but may be purchased at home workshops or through a network of independent sales consultants called Stampin' Up! "demonstrators." Currently, more than 50,000 demonstrators from the United States, Canada, and Australia and recently New Zealand teach the art of stamping and share their enthusiasm for stamping, scrapbooking, card making, and home decor.

About Utah National Guard
The Utah National Guard was formally organized on March 24, 1894 from a long-standing tradition of protecting Utah's citizens in the Utah Territory during the mid- to late 1800s. Federal service of the Utah National Guard began with the Spanish-American War in 1898. Since that time, the Guard has responded to the nation's calls for service and support during World Wars I and II, Korea, and Operations Desert Storm, Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. At one point in 2003, the Utah National Guard had deployed more than 80 percent of its force at one time to support the Global War on Terrorism, the highest figure per capita in the Nation. The Guard has also assisted with many worldwide security and humanitarian operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia and Kuwait. Stateside duties have included providing support during the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games and in the Gulf Coast region following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in August 2005. Today, the Utah National Guard continues its support of local, state, and national priorities by providing well equipped and highly trained Soldiers and Airmen to fulfill a variety of missions.

About Utah National Guard's Family Programs' Office
By putting families first and creating relationships of trust, the Utah National Guard's Family Programs' Office enhances the readiness and well being of military families through information, education, programs, and resources. The resources available include deployment readiness organizers and checklists, several family assistance centers that provide support and advice, and access to military consultants who can help deployed Guard members' families solve various household and financial problems while their loved one is on active duty.
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