News 8 launches The Compassion Project: Pay It Forward

Nominate someone to receive $250

To inspire compassionate acts in our community, News 8 will air a special series, “The Compassion Project: Pay It Forward.”

We’ll give a viewer $250. That viewer can take up to 60 minutes to give the money to someone who they would like to “pay it forward” to. We’d like to reward people who are making a difference in our community. The money can’t be given to a family member and we must be able to bring our news cameras along to tell the story.

Nominate a person who you think deserves to be recognized. Their story will also be featured on-air and on our The Compassion Project webpage.

Below are the Official Rules of the Contest:

WKBT News 8 Compassion Project: Pay it Forward


WKBT News 8 Pay It Forward Contest begins 6/16/14 and ends 7/29/14.  Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on 7/21/14.  Entries become the property of WKBT/QueenB Television, LLC,  141 6th Street South,  La Crosse, WI  54601 and will not be acknowledged or returned.  Non-winning entries will be carried forward to subsequent weekly winner selection.

ENTRY:  Go to and tell us in 150 words or less how you would give $250 to an individual in only 60 minutes, who it would be, and why.  Also, provide the name of the individual and your relationship to that person.  Entries must also include entrant name, address and daytime telephone number and email address.    Entrant cannot nominate themselves or keep the money and the money cannot be given to a relative (family member).  WKBT News 8 cameras must be able to video tape and televise the process.  WKBT News 8 reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to request additional information from entrants, reject, disqualify, modify, edit and revise any entries that are obscene, defamatory, profane, offensive, lewd, pornographic, false, misleading, deceptive, or otherwise inconsistent with its editorial standards, audience expectations, or reputational interests for that WKBT News 8 believes may violate any applicable law or regulation or the rights of any third party.  WKBT News 8 reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to verify any element of any entry or related materials and to disqualify any entrant whose participation may subject the contest, Station or Station advertisers, clients, or customers to controversy, negative publicity, scorn or ridicule.

LIMIT:  One entry per household.  No group entries.

ELIGIBILITY:  Legal residents of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to submit one (1) nomination, except employees of WKBT News 8 and any other organization affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Contest and/or their respective agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and members of their immediate families or persons residing at the same address.

JUDGING:  A qualified panel of judges will judge eligible entries on the basis of why the individual deserves to be nominated and how the prize will impact the individual.  One (1) winning entry will be selected each week.   Potential winning nominators and nominees will be notified via phone.  WKBT News 8 reserves the right to select fewer than four (4) winning nominations if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified entries.  Decisions of judges are final and binding in all respects.

PRIZING:  Winning nominees will each receive $250.   One prize per individual.  Previous Pay It Forward winners are not eligible to win again.  WKBT News 8 will determine all elements of prizing in its sole discretion.  Prize may not be assigned, transferred, or changed except at the sole discretion of WKBT News 8.  Prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee express or implied.  WKBT News 8 disclaims all and any liability for the actual provision, quality or nature of any third party product or service accepted by the winners.  The awarding of any prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules.  Entrants agree to be bound by Official Rules and agree that if any nominator or nominee fails to provide proof of identity, refuses to provide required paperwork, is found to have violated the Official Rules or otherwise does not meet eligibility criteria, prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner.  All participants (nominators and nominees) understand and agree WKBT News 8 is not liable for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from the nominators or nominees participation in this process, including the possession and use of the prize.  WKBT News 8 is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the contest or in the announcement of the prize.  Decisions of WKBT News 8 are final and binding in all respects.

PRIVACY:  Information collected from online entrants is subject to WKBT News 8’s online privacy policy and Stations web site listed above.

OTHER:  WKBT News 8 assumes no responsibility for entries it is unable to process due to network, hardware or other technical failures; or for any other reason, or incomplete, damaged, misdirected, or lost entries.  WKBT News 8 reserves the right, in its sole discretion to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of the web site or otherwise in violation of the Official Rules.  WKBT News 8 further reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate or modify this promotion if not capable of completion as planned, including infection by computer virus, technical corruption, non-authorized human intervention or force majeure.  In the event of cancellation, WKBT News 8 reserves the right to select winning nominations/nominees from among all eligible entries received prior to date of cancellation.  The use of automated entry systems or any other conduct that impedes the integrity of the contest is prohibited.  In the event of a dispute regarding online entry, entry will be deemed made by the holder of an established e-mail account associated with the entry.

GENERAL:  Except where prohibited by law: (i) nomination constitutes permission for WKBT News 8 to use winning nominators’ entry, name, hometown, likeness, photograph, voice and statements regarding this contents for editorial, public relations, promotional and advertising purposes on behalf of WKBT News 8 without compensation; (ii) winning nominators  and nominees will be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Ownership/Liability Release, License of Pre-Existing Work and Publicity Release on the day of accepting prize.  If a potential winning nominator/nominee cannot be contacted, fails to claim prize, or fails to respond to the winner notification, the potential winning nominator/nominee is disqualified and the prize is forfeited.  If forfeited, an alternate winner may be determined.  The nominator and nominee release and hold harmless WKBT News 8, its parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and agents, and their respective officers, directors, employees and agents from any and all claims and or liability with regard to the participation in this promotion and the winning of and use of the prize won.   Subject to all U.S. federal, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa State and local laws and regulations.  Void where prohibited.  Applicable taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winning nominee.  For the winner’s list, send a self-addressed stamped envelope after  7/29/14 to Pay It Forward Winners List, 141 6th Street South, La Crosse, WI 54601.