Jared Zook wins top prize in Everence video contest

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Shared prize also goes to Foods Resource Bank


Thousands of online voters selected Jared Zook’s video “I Am a Penny” as the winning production in the 2013 Everence Money Talks video contest.

Zook of Goshen, Ind. will receive a $1,000 cash prize for winning the contest and as part of the shared prize, Zook and his project partner Elizabeth Derstine, selected Foods Resource Bank of Chicago to receive a $1,000 grant. Foods Resource Bank raises money to help people in developing countries grow their own food.

“This charming video was well done and shows how something seeming insignificant as a penny can accumulate through collective and shared interest and make a big difference, said Larry Miller, Everence President and CEO.

The video is available to view at everence.com/moneytalks

The second place finisher was Joshua Beachy of Sarasota, Fla. for his stop-action video that animated the Good Samaritan story. Beachy will receive a $500 cash prize and $500 will also go to his selected charity Peaceful Paths of Gainesville, Fl., an agency that provides services for people suffering domestic abuse.

James Tre Jackson of Allendale, Mich.finished in third place with his man-on-the street video. He will receive $250 prize and $250 will go to his selected charity, Genesis Shelter of Atlanta, Ga., which provides shelter to homeless newborns.

The contest was developed to give young people an avenue to express their views about the role of money and to showcase creative talent in our communities.

“We appreciate the perspectives that these young people bring to the table,” said Steve Bowers, Vice President of Marketing at Everence. “The combination of their ideas and time and energy behind their efforts is rewarding to see and to share.”

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