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Dream Room Giveaway Winner Las Vegas: Nelson Rodriguez

1. Why is the nominee deserving of a Dream Room Giveaway?

I think we deserve to win because of how long we've had insurance from AMFam plus our record with our cars and house is good. I'm the head of the household, I've been married for 30 years, my children are in the university now. it's been hard to make that happen, but my wife and I are very proud of our children's accomplishments. The prize would let us buy furniture, something we've never considered doing because all our savings have been for the kids' education. + Read More

2. Please describe the current housing condition or family situation that makes the nominee’s current home less than ideal for family gatherings.

Our house was built in 1965 and we bought it in 1999, one year after we arrived from Cuba. Things were better back then and we've always made our house payments, but we've never been able to fix it and furnish it the way we would like.

3. Please tell us more about the nominee’s current constraints such as health or financial reasons, that prohibit him/her from creating a dream room for their family to enjoy.

Our limitations have been because of what I mentioned earlier. My wife and I aren't young and we have dedicated ourselves to paying for college for the kids. My wife is asthmatic abd the climate here really affects her. She had surgery 4 years ago.

4. Please tell us what room of the residence the nominee would select as the Dream Room and why.

Our kitchen really has problems and if people want to visit us, we'd really like to be able to entertain them.

5. How has the nominee volunteered or participated in the community in which he/she resides?

When are kids were in grade school, we did a lot of things to support the school. We make donations to Save a Nest.

6. Is there any other pertinent information that you would like to share as to why the nominee is deserving of winning the Dream Room Giveaway?

My family and me , Came from Cuba 10 years ago, and We all are already american citicens, We have worked vary hard and we are very proud to be in america, but you do not know how dificult is to arrive at a new country with no language , no money and two littel kids. We have made a great effort.

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Dream Room Giveaway Las Vegas Winner: Rose Preza

Nominated by granddaughter, Danielle Prexa

1. Why is the nominee deserving of a Dream Room Giveaway?

I am nominating my grandmother, Rose Preza. She has been an inspiration to me, friends, and family for over 70 years. She has always been the person willing to lend a hand when her family was in need of assistance. She helps to support several of her grandchildren by babysitting, tutoring, mentoring, and providing a loving environment for them to grow. She has been a role model for her 7 children and 17 grandchildren. She invites everyone into her life with open arms, and an open heart. She accepts everyone as they come, and forgives them for all that they have done. She is very special to everyone that surrounds her and has made an impact on everyone she meets. She is my grandmother and I love her with all of my heart; I know that I am not alone for she is a great woman who deserves everything thing in the world - but knowing her, she would settle for a simple, modest living. + Read More

2. Please describe the current housing condition or family situation that makes the nominee’s current home less than ideal for family gatherings.

On 10/19/2009, tragedy struck my grandmother's life when her home burned down; she lost everything. The fire engulfed over 70% of her home, and the rest has been lost to water damage. Unfortunately she had not acquired property insurance and will not be obtaining any support to replace her home and personal belongings. Currently she is staying with a family member, while trying to resolve this horrific event. She walked away with a few articles of clothes, a few photo albums, and her head held high. She is not asking much from her family and insists that everything will be fine. It pains me to see her hide her sadness behind false hope. My grandmother needs help, and I will do everything in my power to make sure she gets out of this, but any extra assistance would be greatly appreciated.

3. Please tell us more about the nominee’s current constraints such as health or financial reasons, that prohibit him/her from creating a dream room for their family to enjoy.

My grandmother currently does not have a residence but will have one in time. Once she finds one to fit her financial situation, she will have nothing to fill her home with. With the few photo albums that we saved from the fire, I am in the process of filling new frames and books for her to enjoy once again. She has no furniture, appliances, or any household items. She is in great need of help.

4. Please tell us what room of the residence the nominee would select as the Dream Room and why.

If we were to receive the $5000 gift card, the funds would go to fill her new home (which would consist of one kitchen, one bedroom, a living room, and one bath room). Due to the fact that she lives alone, the money will stretch quite a ways.

5. How has the nominee volunteered or participated in the community in which he/she resides?

She participates in any activities that involve her grandchildren. These range from school fundraisers to marathons for charity. She devotes all of her time to her family.

6. Is there any other pertinent information that you would like to share as to why the nominee is deserving of winning the Dream Room Giveaway?

Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up in a hurry. I know that my grandmother would appreciate having her family in her home, enjoying a Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner. I can not remember the last time I missed her famous holiday dinners. Receiving this giveaway would shine a light on this dark moment in our lives.

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Dream Room Giveaway Las Vegas Winner: Leticia Bravo

1. Why is the nominee deserving of a Dream Room Giveaway?

I believe that my husband and I are deserving of a Dream Room Giveaway because we both work hard for the citizens of Nevada. I work tirelessly as Ombudsman for Minority Affairs for the State of Nevada and when I come home, I'd love to have a warm and relaxing living room to catch up with my husband and to strategize on how we are going to make the next day a successful day. + Read More

2. Please describe the current housing condition or family situation that makes the nominee’s current home less than ideal for family gatherings.

Our home is ideal for family gatherings because for one we live in Las Vegas and most of our family and friends live in Chicago. We host endless amounts of family and friends in our home. We love to entertain in our home and we want to have a comfortable environment for everyone who stays there.

3. Please tell us more about the nominee’s current constraints such as health or financial reasons, that prohibit him/her from creating a dream room for their family to enjoy.

We currently are having a hard time creating a dream room because not only have my husband and I have both had our incomes reduced, but we are supporting my brother through law school. Any other extra money that we have is spent on the necessary financial obligations and we have to continue to save regardless.

4. Please tell us what room of the residence the nominee would select as the Dream Room and why.

We would love to have our living room/dining room made over. It is a large room and it has an awkward layout, which has continued to stump us in terms of furniture placement and arrangement. This room is the heart of the home. This is where we eat our meals, entertain our family and friends, and also simply relax with our two dogs. A makeover for our living room/dining room is sorely needed.

5. How has the nominee volunteered or participated in the community in which he/she resides?

I volunteer and participate in my community every day. As I stated I work as the Ombudsman for Minority Affairs for the State. The job sends me to evening and weekend events where I meet many people who are in need. When I am not working in my official capacity, I continue to help the people that I have met in any way I possibly can.

6. Is there any other pertinent information that you would like to share as to why the nominee is deserving of winning the Dream Room Giveaway?

I think that my husband and I are deserving of the Dream Room Giveaway because we both give so much and every now and then it would be nice to be given something wonderful--such as this dream room giveaway--in return.

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