Sundance Vacations Announces Winner of Armed Forces & Coast Guard Appreciation Cruise Giveaway Contest


Winner Selected by Sundance Vacations’ Facebook Community


Wilkes-Barre, Pa (June 4, 2010) – Sundance Vacations today announced that Staff Sgt. Robert Vols and his wife Mary Vols of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania are the winners of the Armed Forces and Coast Guard Appreciation Cruise Giveaway Contest. The Armed Forces and Coast Guard Appreciation Cruise Giveaway is the fourth in a series of Facebook contests by Sundance Vacations to give away six free cruises between April and June. Robert’s wife, Mary, nominated her husband for the contest and was chosen as the winner of the free cruise by Sundance Vacations’ Facebook community.


Robert, who is a seven year active duty member in the United States Army, served in Iraq for a year, while Mary stayed home to take care of their three children.  Just last year, Robert was deployed to Iraq right after they had their third son. Mary wrote in her nomination essay that “I know how difficult it was for him to be away from our three children. He comes home from work and spends every moment with them until bedtime. I’d love for him to win this cruise, because I don’t know how else to thank him for everything he’s done for us, and this country. His whole world revolves around making his family happy, and we’d like to make him happy.”


“You think that when you enter a contest, you won’t win, but this is amazing! We haven’t been on vacation in six years. It is time for a vacation and we will be happy to get away. I want to thank Sundance Vacations and all those on Facebook that voted for Robert. Goodness knows, without their votes, we wouldn’t have won this contest,” said Mary Vols after being told they just won. “Now we just need to find a babysitter!”


“Robert is definitely deserving of this cruise for all his hard work serving America. He does so much for the American people and his family. I also believe Mary deserves this just as much, because being a stay-at-home mom is no easy task, especially when your husband is on the other side of the world. They are both strong people, who work extremely hard and deserve this vacation. Everyone at Sundance Vacations will be happy to see them enjoy their cruise,” said Scott Carey, Sundance Vacations Communications Director, who called to award Mary and Robert the prize.    

To nominate someone for one of Sundance Vacations’ free cruises, members of the Sundance Vacations’ Facebook community simply submit a photo of their nominee and a brief essay that explains why that person should win. The nomination period will last two-weeks for each contest and Sundance Vacations’ Facebook friends will have one week to vote for the winner of each contest on the Facebook Fan Page.

Each of the six cruise giveaways is based on upcoming holidays including our current contest for Father’s Day. Nominations for the fifth contest, in honor of Father’s Day, close on June 9 and voting starts on June 10; so join Sundance Vacations’ Facebook Fan Page, tell your friends, and enter now to win!

 Winners of the Sundance Vacations Cruise Giveaway will receive:

Sundance Vacations voucher for a four-day, three-night cruise for two;

Cruise leaves from ports in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, or Los Angeles;

Round-trip airfare for two (not to exceed $800 total) to port city;

One night’s stay in the port city.


Visit for more details about the contest, including rules, dates and information on how to nominate and vote.


About Sundance Vacations:

Sundance Vacations is a national travel company that specializes in wholesale vacation accommodations. The company is headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and maintains offices in six other locations including; Rockaway, NJ; Princeton, NJ; King of Prussia, PA; Harrisburg, PA; Downers Grove, IL, and Brookfield, WI. Sundance Vacations was named “27th Best Place to Work” in Pennsylvania by Best Companies Group, and 17th Best Place to Work in Best Places to Work in Illinois. In 2009 the company was honored as Sales Department of the Year in the 3rd annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Sundance Vacations was also just named one of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America by Inc. 500/5000. Sundance can be found on the web at and on MySpace.  

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Tina Dowd

Co-Founder and Owner at Sundance Vacations
Tina Dowd co-founded Sundance Vacations in 1991 with her partner and husband John Dowd. In her 20 years with the company, Tina grew Sundance Vacations from a small start-up telemarketing office to a leading provider of affordable wholesale vacations, with over 700 employees and over 80,000 travelers nationwide. Tina’s award winning vision has guided the growth of the company straight to the Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies List. Mrs. Dowd accepted a Stevie Award for Employer of the Year in 2010 for Women in Business and several awards from the Best Places to Work Group in more recent years.

Tina is a graduate from Kutztown University with a BS in Education. In addition to her change leadership Tina also enjoys serving as the Chief Editor of the company’s corporate newsletter, “The Owl”. She shares her extensive travel experience and advice on both the Sundance Vacations blog and Facebook on a regular basis.

Although her schedule is sometimes jam packed with family activities she still finds opportunities to volunteer her time and leadership to various charities. She currently serves as Vice President for Family Promise of Carbon County, an organization serving homeless children and their families in that area. She also chairs the Fund Development team for that organization and plans several major fundraising events each year. The Dowd family generously supports many charities including St. Vincent DePaul Soup kitchen, Wyoming Valley Children’s Association, Volunteers of America, the Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross and many others. She is a member of the Luzerne Foundation Millennium Circle. Tina is also a former board member for the Northeast Pennsylvania Better Business Bureau and the Lehighton Area School District. Mrs. Dowd loves traveling, and her favorite vacation destination is where she and husband John Dowd spent their honeymoon, Maui, Hawaii.
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