Winner Selection: Eligible entries will be judged under the supervision of Promotional Entities.
Judging Phase: During the Judging Phase, a panel of qualified judges determined by AARP Foundation, in its sole discretion, will select the 5 entrants with the highest scoring Nomination Statements (the "Finalists"), from among all eligible entries, based on the following criteria (“Judging Criteria”):
•Number of people aged 50+ impacted by the Nominee’s efforts (20%);
•Inspirational nature of the Nominee’s story and work (25%);
•Innovative nature of the Nominee’s work (20%);
•Element of volunteerism and involvement of volunteers in the Nominee’s work (10%);
•Entrepreneurial nature of the candidates work (15%); and
•Replicability of Nominee’s work (10%).
In the event of a tie, the Nomination Statement that receives the highest score for the “Replicability of Nominee’s work”, as determined by the qualified judges, will be deemed a Finalist. AARP Foundation reserves the right to select fewer than three (3) Finalists, if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Nomination Statements.
Voting Phase: During the Voting Phase, the Finalists' Nomination Statements will be posted in an online gallery for public voting at www.aarp.org/hungerhero along with information about the Nominee and Nominator associated with the Finalist Nomination Statements. Persons who meet the eligibility criteria for Nominators, will be invited to vote for the Nominee and the Nomination Statement they believe is best.
Limit: Each person may vote one (1) time per day during the Voting Phase. Each person should use the Judging Criteria when casting their vote. Votes received from any person or email address in excess of the stated number will be void. Finalists are prohibited from obtaining votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public, as determined by Promotional Entities in their sole discretion. Subject to the Nominee’s and Nominator’s compliance with these Official Rules, the Nominee whose associated Nomination Statement receives the highest number of valid votes during the Voting Phase will be deemed the potential Prize winner.
Notice: The potential winner will be notified by telephone and/or e-mail on or about September 30, 2011. The potential winner will be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility and a liability and publicity release (except where prohibited by law), and will be required to submit evidence supporting the Nomination Statement (i.e., video, news articles, and/or testimonials)—along with a digital photo of themselves. All materials must be executed and returned to Promotional Entities by October 15, 2011. Failure to timely sign and return the affidavit or release, or to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, may result in the winner’s disqualification, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the Prize, and the next highest scored Nominator/Nominee will be notified and the same process will be followed.
Promotional Entities reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to select an alternate Grand Prize or Runner-Up Prize winner should the voting appear to have been tampered with or manipulated in any way.