Family in running for Disney vacation, free 'Uncrustables'
By Stephanie Geise
A picture could be worth a thousand words, but for the Mattucci family, their picture could be worth a dream vacation and a year's worth of Smucker's Uncrustables.
Joe and Emile Mattucci, Northumberland County natives now living in Camp Hill, entered the Smucker's Uncrustable Unstoppable Family Photo Contest and are now one of 10 finalists.
Mrs. Mattucci found out about the contest on the Uncrustable's website. She was originally looking for coupons because her two older daughters love eating Uncrustables, which are frozen sandwiches without crusts, as the name implies.
Instead of finding coupons, she found the contest. She entered the contest because she and her family would love to go on a vacation and also because of the free Uncrustables for a year. She said that would be the "coupon of a lifetime."
After months of votes, the family of five found out they were in the top 10 through a phone call from a contest representative.
Photos for the contest were accepted from August until November. The contest was promoted through the Smucker's website and via social media, and also through a partnership with Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi. The contest was open to anyone 18 years of age or older in the U.S.
The photos were judged on creativity/originality (up to 70 points), relevance to theme (up to 50 points) and composition of photo/clarity of caption (up to 30 points) in selecting the top 10.
Emile Mattucci is a 1998 graduate of Shikellamy High School and a 2002 graduate of Bloomsburg University. She is a daughter of Joanne Hilscher, of Camp Hill, formerly of Snydertown, and Lawrence Hilscher, of Danville.
Her husband is a 1997 graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School and a 2001 graduate of Penn State University. His parents are Joseph and Lee Anne Mattucci, of Kulpmont, and he is the nephew of Nicholas Mattucci, who owns and operates Mattucci's Restaurant in Mount Carmel.
The Mattuccis have three daughters, Paige, 6, Reagan, 3, and Giuliana, 1.
The family would love for people in their hometown area to join others in voting for their photo. She said she knows her family can win if coal region residents knew their story. "Our current family budget doesn't have the money for such an expensive trip like Disney," Emile said. "So, winning this money for a vacation would be so exciting."
Each voter will be entered for a chance to win a free box of Uncrustables. Voting began Wednesday at www.uncrustables.com and ends March 6.