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U.S. Fund For UNICEF Announces Winners Of 2014 Pier 1 Imports®/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest

U.S. Fund For UNICEF Announces Winners Of 2014 Pier 1 Imports®/UNICEF Greeting
                                 Card Contest

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2014

Four-Year-Old Grand Prize Winner One of Youngest in Contest History

NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Fund for UNICEF
today announced the winners of the annual Pier 1 Imports^®/UNICEF greeting
card contest. Four-year-old Robbie from California was named this year's Grand
Prize Winner for the theme, "Joyous Celebration," and is one of the youngest
winners since the contest's inception in 1992. Robbie's design will be
reproduced as an official UNICEF greeting card and will be sold exclusively at
Pier 1 Imports stores nationwide and on pier1.com during the 2014 holiday
season. The pre-K student will also receive a $5,000 scholarship and $500
worth of art supplies for his school.

The Sixth Annual U.S. Fan's Choice Award was presented to Samantha, a
third-grader from Illinois. Samantha will be the recipient of $500 in art
supplies.

"Pier 1 Imports is a beloved partner of ours, and the annual greeting card
contest is a creative way to help raise awareness among the youth in America
as to what children around the world must face each day just to survive," said
Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. "We are truly
grateful for Pier 1's support and look forward to a continued collaborative
partnership for years to come."

About the winning artwork:

  oRobbie's Grand Prize-winning piece depicts a "happy snowman" with a green
    scarf and an orange hat.
  oSamantha's U.S. Fan's Choice Award picture was inspired by the woodland
    animals in her yard, and she decided to "show the love of family through
    them."

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of all UNICEF cards sold at
U.S. Pier 1 Imports stores and on pier1.com during the 2014 holiday season
will go to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to support UNICEF programs in more than
190 countries. These programs provide lifesaving medicines, vaccines,
nutritious foods, primary education, clean water and sanitation, and emergency
relief to help reduce the number of daily preventable deaths in children under
the age of 5 from 18,000 to ZERO.

Pier 1 Imports began selling UNICEF greeting cards in 1985. During its
successful 29-year partnership, Pier 1 Imports has raised more than $32
million for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. The final proceeds of UNICEF greeting
cards sold at Pier 1 Imports during the 2013 holiday season will be announced
in the coming weeks.

ABOUT UNICEF
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries
and territories to save and improve children's lives, providing health care
and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency
relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through
fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are
working toward the day when zero children die from preventable causes and
every child has a safe and healthy childhood.

ABOUT PIER 1 IMPORTS
Pier 1 Imports, Inc. is the original global importer of imported decorative
home furnishings and gifts. Information about the Company is available on
www.pier1.com.

* The U.S. Fan's Choice Award winner is determined by visitors to the Pier 1
Imports website, www.pier1.com, who are given the opportunity to vote for
their favorite design out of 10 semifinalists.

SOURCE U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Website: http://www.unicefusa.org
 
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