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March 26, 2013 > Looking for 'top' dads

Looking for 'top' dads

Submitted By Heather Savage

Building Peaceful Families (BPF), a Silicon Valley non-profit organization - in partnership with the San Francisco 49ers and the Santa Clara County Office of Education - has announced a call for entries for the annual Top Dads Award Essay Contest. Bay Area children ages 5 through 17 are invited to submit essays describing why their father or father figure should be selected for the prestigious Top Dads Award. Essays are due on or before April 22, 2013.

Fifty winning essays will be selected from all entries received. The winners (50 kids and 50 fathers/father figures) will be invited to attend the Top Dads Award Luncheon on June 14, 2013. At the event, four first-place essay writers will receive a grand prize package that includes tickets to a San Francisco 49ers game, a Target gift card, and more.

"This essay contest is a wonderful opportunity for kids to express how they feel about their father or father figure. It also opens the eyes of their male role models, who tend to underestimate the power of their love, support, encouragement, and presence in the lives of their children," said Sharon Chatman, founder and chairman of Building Peaceful Families. "We look forward to this inspiring and heartwarming celebration of the 50 Bay Area Top Dads, along with their kids, on June 14th."

The Top Dads Essay Contest Entry Form, instructions, and more information are available now at Essays must be written by children ages 5 through 17, typed or hand-written, in legible English. Contest prize categories are: ages 5 through 7; ages 8 through 10; ages 11 through 13; and ages 14 through 17. There is no fee to participate, and every young person who submits an essay will receive a Certificate of Excellence.

The Top Dads Award Luncheon is open to the public. Held annually in June, this event celebrates the positive impact a father/father figure has on his family and the community. The festivities include a delicious luncheon, guest speakers, raffle prizes, health and wellness workshop, and more.

Tickets are available now. For more information, visit

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