Nominations Sought For Longest Married Couple Awards

December 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Christian News

The search for the longest married couple project sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the original faith-based marriage enrichment program in this country, enters the family holiday period with over 125 nominations from 36 states.

“It is our hope that we can honor, not only the national longest married couple, but one couple from each state. Based on what we are seeing many family members along with longtime friends are nominating couples for the award,” explained Scott & Karen Seaborn and Fr, Tom Griffith, SVD, the United States Ecclesial Team for WWME.

Dick & Diane Baumbach and Fr. Dick Morse, who serve as the North American Weekend Pillar for the WWME movement and are overseeing the project, added, “We know that traditionally families get together during the holiday period and what a perfect time to nominate parents or grandparents who have been married for a long time.” They also said that couples can nominate themselves for the recognition.

In addition to continuing to accept nominations for couples living in all states, they are particularly being sought from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and Wyoming.

Plans call for the Seaborns and Fr. Griffith to personally present the longest married couple in the United States with a special gift during the February 2012 Valentine’s Week from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement. The state winners will be presented their certificates of achievement by Worldwide Marriage Encounter couples.

Nominations, which are open to all husband and wife couples regardless of faith expression, may be submitted by email, regular mail or by calling a special phone number.

The contact information for sending in a nomination, which simply requires the name of the couple, their wedding date and where they currently reside plus a phone or email address, is as follows: email dickanddiane66@bellsouth.net; regular mail Dick & Diane Baumbach 1430 Scorpious Ct. Merritt Island, FL 32953 and special phone number 321-453-2475.

Nominations must be received by January 9th, 2012.

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