Announcing the 2017 “Rock Your Socks” Photo Contest Winner

Buffalo, NY (April, 2017) – Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western New York is delighted to announce the winner of the “Rock Your Socks” Photo Contest!  The winning photo submitted by Switzer was selected from the Ten (10) Finalists in the second round of judging:

Switzer - Winning Entry
Switzer – Winning Entry

Switzer has a long history of taking part in local charities, stemming from co-owners and brothers Bernie and Adam Switzer’s philanthropic work with Camp Good Days and Buffalo News Kids Day. “We are committed to our community and enjoy opportunities to give back. Ronald McDonald House’s mission is incredibly important to me personally. We’re excited to take any opportunity available to promote awareness,” said Bernie Switzer, President. As for the prize money, Bernie promises to help fund upcoming events like the Ronald McDonald House 5K Race in July and making meals for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. “Once we saw the contest we knew we wanted to take part because it looked so much fun”, said Amy Creathorn, Customer Care Associate at Switzer. Kat Kahanic, Marketing Coordinator added, “It took at bit of creative thinking to organize the picture and show everyone’s personality, but we’re really happy with how it worked out.”

“We are very excited about our Photo Contest,” says Sally Vincent, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York, “Our Rock Your Socks Contest was something new for the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House and a lot of fun for everyone here. The outpouring of support and involvement from the community was overwhelming and energizing. Each day during our Contest, I looked forward to going on our Facebook page and looking at the entries and reading the comments. The creativity and variety of the all entries was amazing. I can’t thank the community enough for making our contest a huge success! This may have been our first Rock Your Socks photo contest, but thanks to everyone involved, I don’t think it will be our last!”

About the “Rock Your Socks” Photo Contest
RMHC of Western New York launched its Rock Your Socks Photo Contest on February 14, 2017 to raise awareness and support for the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House. Individuals, businesses and community groups were invited to support the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House by purchasing a pair of our famous red & white striped socks, taking pictures wearing their socks and entering the Contest by uploading their photo on our website. The contest consisted of two rounds of judging: first by Facebook voting and second by a panel of judges. Ten finalists were selected for the second round based on the highest number of votes. Finalist Photos were judged based on the creativity, quality, and originality, responsiveness to the prompt and overall impact. One Winner was selected and received $500 plus website and social media exposure. All Contest entries can be viewed in our “Rock Your Socks Photo Contest Gallery”

About Switzer
Based in Buffalo, NY, Switzer offers contract manufacturing services for precision metal parts as well as personalized consumer products. Founded in 1988, the company has produced more than 125 million parts for its customers, which range from individuals to Fortune 500 companies. Learn more about Switzer by visiting, liking them on Facebook, and following them on Twitter. Switzer has two facilities in Western New York: 4020 Jeffrey Boulevard, Buffalo NY 14219 and 51 North Gates, Buffalo, NY 14218.