Last Chance Marriott Rewards® Year of Surprises

birthday_logoI participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Marriott Rewards®. I received Marriott Points to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

The Marriott Rewards® Year of Surprises has been a huge success. Just read about some of the great surprises that have happened already! I love the first on. I wish I could do it for my best friend!

YOS Surprise Party #1: Engagement Party – Country Style!

Stephanie, 26, has been through a lot over the past year. Her BFF, Cameron, knew she deserved a celebration of a lifetime. This year, Stephanie has triumphed over brain surgery and a stroke. A year ago the doctors thought she would never walk again. Now, not only is Stephanie walking, she spent the evening dancing to her favorite country songs with her fiancé, John, and their family and friends. The party incorporated aspects from their wedding, scheduled for March 2015, including teal accents, a gourmet BBQ, country-themed cake and, of course, the live country band!

Location: The Vineyards and Winery at Lost Creek in Leesburg, VA

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YOS Surprise Party #2: Super Dad’s Rockin’ Bash in Louisville!

Amanda nominated her husband, Bryan, for a party of a lifetime because he is truly a “Super Dad.” Recently, their youngest daughter, Margot, was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia at the young age of 2. Bryan left his job to be by Margot’s side at the hospital for 6 months. For Bryan’s upcoming 30th birthday, Amanda gave her husband the surprise celebration of a lifetime! The night was filled with performances by Bryan’s favorite musicians, including Jalin Roze and the Violet Knives, face painting and dancing for the kids, and a surprise reunion performance by Bryan with his college band, Modern Silence.

Location: The Baron’s Theatre at Whiskey Row Lofts in Louisville, KY

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YOS Surprise Party #3: Military Soldier’s 50th Birthday Party!

Philip has been proudly serving his country in the military for the past 25 years. As a model soldier, he has always been a role model for the younger recruits and an inspiration to his family and friends. His wife Tammy nominated Philip for a surprise 50th birthday party so he could celebrate with his family and a few of his closest military buddies, after returning home from deployment in Afghanistan. While serving overseas, one of the things Philip missed the most was enjoying delicious, all-American cuisine. Tammy helped plan a wonderful surprise party featuring award-winning Southern comfort food, customized to feature Philip’s favorite dishes.

Location: Private lounge at the Columbia Marriott

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YOS Surprise Party #4: Courtney’s High School Graduation!

Dwayne Stevenson was our first lucky Year of Surprises winner and he chose to throw a surprise graduation party for his eldest son, Courtney. Courtney’s family moved from Texas during the middle of his sophomore year of high school, which was a very hard time to leave his friends. Dwayne wanted to throw his son a surprise graduation party to celebrate the important milestone before Courtney heads off to college in the fall. Courtney’s friends and family came from all over the country to celebrate with him.

Location: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center

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Keep up with all the winners and their stories at You could be next!

The third and final round of nominations for Year of Surprises takes place August 1 to August 31. Nominations will be reviewed based on creativity/uniqueness of entry, overall appeal of nomination essay, and feasibility of the surprise party. Four winners will be notified in September and parties will be scheduled throughout the remainder of the year. This is the last nomination period for Year of Surprises so enter now! Limit one (1) entry per person/email address per nomination period. Please see the “Nominate” section at for the nomination entry form and requirements.


To enroll in Marriott Rewards® and see all the benefits of membership, visit . And don’t forget to visit to nominate a loved one and get upcoming related updates on nomination periods, winner information and latest parties.

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