Pair winners after all |

Pair winners after all

Ryan Graff
Special to the Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS” Downtown businesses banded together this week to see if they could help right what they believe was a wrong.

A group of about 15 downtown merchants presented Amy Burchfield and Paul Revesz with a gift basket. The Rulison couple felt they were cheated in the Till Death Do Us Part contest over the Valentine’s Day weekend.

“We don’t know the circumstances at all, but this couple had some expectations of fairness that weren’t met,” said Hallmark Cards owner Robin Haney.

The Glenwood Springs Mall sponsored the Till Death Do Us Part contest, and Burchfield and Revesz finished in second place.

The couple competed with two other couples to see who could stay in a coffin for the longest amount of time. The couples were only allowed to leave the coffin for bathroom breaks, and were not allowed any form of entertainment or sleep.

Once the contest got started, organizers started to change the rules, said Burchfield and Revesz. In the end, the contest was decided by which couple could sit completely still the longest, which Burchfield and Revesz lost.

“It was a community-wide feeling, I think, that this was not a good deal,” said Flower Mart co-owner Dennis Bader.

“A lot of downtown businesses felt it was a matter of integrity,” said Bader. He said Burchfield and Revesz feeling cheated was a reflection on all businesses, and said he felt an obligation to do something for the couple.

Bader said he called other downtown business owners who offered gift certificates for the young couple.

Burchfield and Revesz were surprised when Bader called to tell them about the prize.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” said Revesz. “These guys had no obligation to do anything. It’s so great to know people will go out of their way to do something good.”

Seeing how happy the gift basket made the couple made the effort worth it, said Bader.

Bader and Haney said they didn’t organize the gift basket to try to outclass the mall retailers. Instead they just hoped to do the right thing.

Downtown retailers also awarded a big prize to two couples over the Valentine’s Day weekend through a separate contest, called Win A Date. The retailers drew a name of one woman and one man and sent each of them on a separate date with their spouses. That date prize package was valued at $1,300 and included dinner and a ride up the Iron Mountain Tramway.

“It just seemed like one went really well and one went sour,” said Haney of the two contests. “And as retailers we don’t like to see these things happen.”

Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 534

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