The Official Rules
NO PURCHASE, DONATION, OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A DONATION OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
By participating in a Sweepstakes, you agree to these Official Rules and all decisions by the Sponsor of the Sweepstakes (“SVC Chamber”), which are final and binding in all matters. Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce herein known as "SVC Chamber".
The Sweepstakes is open only to the following individuals (each, an “Eligible Participant”):
Individual legal residents of, and physically located within, the United States; Canada; the United Kingdom; the European Union (excluding Italy); Australia; or another country that is NOT listed as a “Prohibited Jurisdiction” as follows: Afghanistan, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Cambodia, Chad, China, Colombia, Crimea, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mali, Myanmar, Nicaragua, North Korea, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Singapore, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania (the United Republic of), Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe, any country under sanction or embargo restrictions by the United States, and any other country where local laws would prohibit the provision of or entry into this Contest; and who are 18 (except 19 in Alabama and Nebraska and 21 in Mississippi) years of age as of the date of entry or of legal age of majority or older in their country of residence.
Any participation by any ineligible person(s) will be void.
The Sweepstakes is void where prohibited or restricted by law. All the directors, officers, employees, & agents of SVC Chamber, and each of their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, sales representatives, distributors, licensees, agents, website administrators, advertising & Contest agencies, and any immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, & siblings and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in the same household (whether related or not) of any of the foregoing, are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes.
All international, federal, state, & local laws, rules and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law.
Participants are responsible for reviewing specific restrictions on sweepstakes entry and/or eligibility to receive a sweepstakes prize in their country of residence. Some countries may allow you to enter a sweepstakes but not allow you to receive a prize.
Sweepstakes Promotion Period
The start date, end date, and drawing date are listed on each Sweepstakes Page. Time keeping device of the SVC Chamber is the official clock of the Sweepstakes.
How to Enter a Sweepstakes
SVC Chamber offers several different ways to enter a Sweepstakes. See below for all methods of entry.
To Make a Donation
To enter by making a donation, visit the URL of the Sweepstake Page you wish to participate in and follow the on-screen instructions to make a donation online with your credit card. Donation entries will receive the applicable number of entries listed on the Campaign Page for the specified donation level. If you don’t know the URL of the Sweepstake you wish to participate in, feel free to email SVC Chamber for assistance at: Info@SVCentralChamber.com
All donations must be made online through the Page via credit card and must be processed completely before the end date of the Sweepstakes. Donations not completed by the end date will not count as entries. No phone donations will be accepted. Illegible, incomplete, forged, mechanically reproduced or altered entries will be not accepted. All entries become the property of SVC Chamber and will not be returned. Donations made in this Sweepstakes, less any transaction fees and processing costs, will go directly to the SVC Chamber.
To Enter for Free
To enter without donating, visit the Page and scroll to the bottom to view the “Alternate Method of Entry” link. Click on the link to generate your free entry form and mail it per the instructions provided. Limit of one mail-in entry per person/household for each Sweepstakes. Each free entry submitted will receive entries equal to the average number of entries received by those who made donations for the Sweepstakes. If the average number of entries by donation is not a whole number, your average number of entries received will be rounded up to the next whole number. (Example: 2.3 entries will be rounded up to 3 entries.) Those who do not follow all of the instructions, fail to provide the required information with their donations or on their entry forms, or fail to abide by these Official Rules or other instructions of SVC Chamber may be disqualified at the SVC Chamber’s sole and absolute discretion. All entries that are late, illegible, incomplete, misdirected, damaged, destroyed, forged or otherwise not in compliance with the Official Rules may be disqualified at SVC Chamber’s sole and absolute discretion. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of any entrant, the entry will be deemed submitted by the account holder of the credit card on which the donation was charged (if entry via donation method) or by the account holder of the e-mail address used to enter. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet Access Provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institute) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Winner(s) may be required to show proof of being the credit card holder or authorized account holder. If a dispute cannot be resolved to the SVC Chamber’s satisfaction, the Potential Winner(s) will be disqualified.
Special Note About Taxes
Donations made to a Sweepstakes may not be tax-deductible in your jurisdiction and the Winner’s prize may be taxable in your jurisdiction. Consult a tax professional. You agree that SSVC Chamber is not providing any accounting, tax, or legal advice.
Winner Selection and Odds of Winning
SVC Chamber or designee will conduct a random drawing, and will award the prize(s), on the drawing date listed on the Campaign Page from all eligible entries received for each drawing to determine the Potential Winner(s) (“Potential Winners”). Entries are subject to verification by the SVC Chamber, and Potential Winners are not final Winners and will not receive a prize until their eligibility has been verified by SVC Chamber pursuant to rule 6. Odds of winning any drawing depend upon the total number of eligible entries received for each drawing. SVC Chamber reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify all suspect entries.
The prize(s) are described on the Page and in any special rules, including the approximate retail value for the prize(s). In the event that SVC Chamber is unable to provide a Winner with his/her prize(s), SVC Chamber may elect, in its sole and absolute discretion, to provide Winner(s) with an alternate prize of equal or greater value. If a Winner declines a prize for any reason, the Winner will not receive any substitution or reimbursement of the prize or portion thereof. Taxes and fees, if any, are the sole responsibility of each Winner. The prizes are provided as-is with no guarantee. All warranties, whether express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a purpose, are hereby disclaimed by the released parties. All prize details are at SVC Chamber's sole discretion. Any costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided are Winners’ sole responsibility. For all travel prizes, Winner must travel on the dates specified by SVC Chamber and all airfare is coach class and hotel accommodations are standard class, unless otherwise specified. Any meetings with celebrities are subject to security and background checks. For international travel, you are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel authorizations, visas, or other documentation. All other expenses are your responsibility. Travel restrictions, conditions and limitations may apply. The prize value may vary depending on point of departure, travel dates and fare/rate fluctuations. SVC Chamber is not responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitutions, or any act or omission of any third person with respect to the trip. Lost or stolen tickets, travel vouchers or certificates or similar items once they are in your possession, will not be replaced. Winner and guest (when applicable) must travel on same itinerary. If you or your guest are, in our opinion, obnoxious, threatening, abusive, or harassing we can terminate the trip or prize, in whole or in part, and send you both home with no further compensation. Your guest must be of legal age of majority in his/her jurisdiction of residence, or your child or legal ward (unless otherwise approved by us). If you live within a one hundred (100) mile radius of the site where the prize is to be performed, ground transportation may be provided instead.
Verification of Winners and Delivery of Prizes
Potential Winner(s) will be notified by email or phone within thirty (30) business day after being selected in a drawing by SVC Chamber or its representative. Potential Winners are not Winners of any prize until their eligibility has been verified and they have received notice from SVC Chamber that they have won a prize, even if any information on SVC Chamber website on any other location indicates that an entrant has won. Potential Winner(s) may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and liability release and, where permitted, a publicity release. If a Potential Winner cannot be contacted within forty-eight (48) hours after SVC Chamber attempts notification, is ineligible to win a prize, fails to return any and all requested documentation within the time stated on the notification (whether or not Potential Winner actually receives that notification), refuses the prize, or otherwise fails to comply with these Official Rules, then the Potential Winner forfeits the prize in its entirety. If a Potential Winner forfeits a prize, SVC Chamber will select a substitute Potential Winner by random drawing of the remaining eligible entries.
Use of Name and Likeness
Unless it is otherwise prohibited by law, by accepting any prize, each Winner expressly grants to SVC Chamber, and their respective designees, to use and publish his/her name, likeness, and photograph for advertising, promotional, publicity and other purposes in connection with this Sweepstakes (“Advertising”) in any manner, in any and all media, now known or hereinafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity, without further payment or consideration, notification, or permission (unless prohibited by law). Each Winner further agrees to execute any specific consent needed or requested by SVC Chamber or its designees in furtherance of such use. All copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights in such advertising shall be owned by SVC Chamber and/or its licensors, and each winning participant hereby disclaims and waives any claim of right to such Advertising. Such Advertising shall be solely under the control of SVC Chamber and/or its licensors, and each Winner hereby waives any claim of control over the Advertising content as well as any possible claims of misuse of such winning recipient’s name, likeness or voice under contract, tort or any other theory of law.
Release; Limitations of Liability; General Conditions
SVC Chamber, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, fulfillment, marketing, and promotion agencies, and all of their respective officers, directors, shareholders, partners, members, principals, employees, agents, contractors or suppliers (collectively, “Released Parties”) are not responsible for: (a) late, lost, stolen, damaged, garbled, incomplete, mistyped, misaddressed or misdirected entries, emails, mail or communications; (b) errors (including printing), omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, or delays in operations or transmission of information, whether arising by way of technical or other failures or malfunctions of computer hardware, software, communications devices; (c) electronic communications that are undeliverable as a result of any form of active or passive filtering of any kind, or insufficient space in entrant’s email account to receive email messages or insufficient space on an entrant’s computer; and (d) errors in the administration of this Sweepstakes. SVC Chamber reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify, cancel, terminate or suspend the Sweepstakes should any virus, bug, technical failures, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond SVC Chamber’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes. In the event of any such cancellation, termination or suspension, a notice will be posted and SVC Chamber in its sole discretion may select Potential Winners among all eligible, nonsuspect entries received prior to such time. SVC Chamber reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify entrants who tamper with the entry process or if their fraud or misconduct affects the integrity of the Sweepstakes or if they engage in any inappropriate or unacceptable behavior in connection with the Sweepstakes. Released Parties reserve the right to correct clerical or typographical errors in promotional materials.
By participating in this Sweepstakes, you agree to release and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any claim or cause of action, including but not limited to, personal injury, death, damage to or loss of property, a privacy violation that may arise out of your participation in the Sweepstakes, or your receipt or use or misuse of any prize.
Except where prohibited, you agree that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by a United States District Court in California; (2) any claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes, and in no event will you be entitled to receive attorneys’ fees or other legal costs; and (3) under no circumstances will you be permitted to obtain awards for, and you hereby waive all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses in entering the Sweepstakes, and waive any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. You hereby irrevocably consent to the personal jurisdiction of said courts and waive any claim of forum non-convenience or lack of personal jurisdiction they may have. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of any entrant and SVC Chamber in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws in California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the state of California.
SVC Chamber reserves the right at their sole discretion to disqualify any individual found to be tampering with the participation process or the operation of the Sweepstakes, or to be acting in any manner deemed by the SVC Chamber to be in violation of these Official Rules, or to be acting in any manner deemed by the SVC Chamber to be unsportsmanlike or disruptive, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person and void all associated entries
ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SVC CHAMBER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
Entrant’s Personal Information
By entering this Sweepstakes, you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information for the purpose of administering this Sweepstakes and prize fulfillment. You may also have the opportunity to sign up to receive promotional emails from parties associated with the Sweepstakes. Your choice to consent to such emails or to opt out of such emails in future does not impact your chances of winning.
Any personal information that an entrant provides in connection with the Sweepstakes
shall be used by SVC Chamber, and their agents to administer this Sweepstakes, contact entrants, and for the other purposes. By entering this Sweepstakes, you agree.
For a winners list, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: SVC Chamber, 3350 Scott Blvd, Bld. 54, Santa Clara, CA 95054-3124 no later than 30 days after the end date of the sweepstakes. Include the name of the sweepstakes.
The Sponsor of each Sweepstakes is listed on the specific sweepstakes Page.