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What it's like to win a trip to D.C.

If you've ever wondered what it's like to win an OFA contest, now's your chance to find out.

At the end of December, two supporters—and their guests—were invited to Washington, D.C., as special guests for a birthday party in honor of Organizing for Action's one-year anniversary. The lucky winners were two amazing women, with different backgrounds in different states: Maria Propst and Elise Boyan.

A little about them: Maria is a mother from Florida. As a first generation immigrant, she's extremely invested in passing comprehensive immigration reform. She's also committed to raising the minimum wage—she's a part-timer herself with three jobs, and her son works two jobs in the nation's capitol. Maria is committed to making sure her children inherit an America that works.

Maria and her son Johan speak with OFA Executive Director Jon Carson.

Elise is a former Yankee now living in Texas, a Harvard law graduate, mother, and lifelong progressive activist. Right now, she's working hard to protect the reproductive health of Texas women. She's involved with her local Planned Parenthood, fighting for a woman's right to her own health decisions now, and helping support women and families for the future. She's also a huge advocate for the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality.

They made the most of their time in Washington—trips to the National Mall, walks in front of the White House, and visits to the Kennedy Center were on both Maria and Elise's highlight reels. They both had a lot to say about the party, too. Both said they had great conversations, and everyone was friendly.

For Maria, meeting OFA executive director Jon Carson and OFA chairman Jim Messina was like "meeting superstars." After the party, Maria went with her son to visit with friends. Elise sang show tunes with her best friend, mentor, and guest Judy—together they closed down the bar, but not before encouraging the pianist to check out his options on the new health care marketplace!

Elise and Judy chat with OFA Chairman Jim Messina.

Elise said that weekend was like "food for the soul." She's committed to building a legacy of engagement for her children, and that's why she's involved with Organizing for Action. She knows that when she looks back at her family's time in Texas, she'll have created change there—for Texas families and her own.

Want your own experience like this? You're in luck—OFA is flying two supporters and their guests to D.C. again this month—only this time, you might get to meet the President. Anyone who says they'll take part in the push for health care before the March 31st enrollment deadline will be automatically entered for a chance to win a chance to attend the OFA National Organizing Summit—and meet President Obama.

So what are you waiting for? Pledge right now to make a difference in your community, and you could win a trip, too.

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No purchase, payment, pledge, or contribution necessary to enter to win. Void where prohibited. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on February 12, 2014. You may enter by making a pledge to take part in the Sponsor's organizing efforts around the Affordable Care Act here: Alternatively, visit to enter without making a pledge. Two winners will receive the following prize package: round trip tickets for winner and one guest from within the fifty United States, DC or Puerto Rico to Washington, D.C.; hotel accommodations for winner and one guest; admission for winner and one guest to the OFA Organizing Summit (approximate combined retail value of all prizes $1450.00). Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Promotion open to all U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia and 18 or older (or of majority under applicable law). Promotion subject to Official Rules and additional restrictions on eligibility. Sponsor: Organizing for Action, P.O. Box 618120, Chicago, IL 60661.
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