12.14.2017People

An unforgettable first time in New York City for two sisters

By: Eric Wilkens

DeAnna Buhl and her sister scored roundtrip airfare, hotel, and a VIP experience at iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball in New York as part of their Verizon Up experience.

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Madison Square Garden lit up for iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball. Photo by Lawrence Sumulong.

“I can’t believe we’re in New York City,” gazed DeAnne Buhl.

The black SUV carried two women in the back seat as it inched towards the Grand Central Parkway to leave LaGuardia Airport.

“And we haven’t even left the parking lot yet!” quipped her sister, Barbara Dunn.

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DeAnna Buhl, left, of Boaz, Ala., brought her sister Barbara Dunn, right, of Dalton, Ga., with her to New York City for iHeartRadio's Jingle Ball concert. This was the first time in New York for either. Photo by Lawrence Sumulong.
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The two women laughed loudly and patted each other on the back.

Buhl, from Boaz, Ala., was a lucky recipient to score a Dream Ticket through Verizon Up: she and a guest – her sister, Dunn, from Dalton, Ga. – were given roundtrip airfare, hotel, and a VIP experience to iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, which featured performers such as Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, and Camila Cabello. 

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DeAnna Buhl, second from right, and Barbara Dunn, right, pose with other Verizon Up recipients of VIP tickets to iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball. Photo by Rachel Kaplan.

For Buhl and Dunn, visiting New York City was a lifelong dream. Longtime travel companions, the two had never visited before.

But that changed because of Verizon Up.

Buhl said she frequently uses the My Verizon app and monitors different rewards through Verizon Up. 

“I was looking for events that were close to my house, but I saw the opportunity to attend Jingle Ball in New York with airfare and hotel included and I thought that this was too good to be true,” Buhl said. “I put in a bid and I was selected, and I didn’t believe it. I even called to make sure that this was real. Once it was verified, we jumped in head first.”

The seats we had were fantastic. We were so close that we could see the artists’ faces…

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Their New York experience started with a chauffeured pickup at the airport to their hotel near Times Square, continued with a self-guided walk to view the lights in Times Square.

As for Jingle Ball?

“It was amazing,” Buhl said. “The seats we had were fantastic. We were so close that we could see the artists’ faces, and it was really interesting to see how much they enjoyed the applause from the audience.”

DeAnna Buhl and Barbara Dunn pose with Deanii Scott

DeAnna Buhl and Barbara Dunn pose with Deanii Scott. Photo by Ricky Rhodes.

The Dream Ticket recipients and their guests all received front-center section floor seats, a VIP backstage tour with an artist meet-and-greet with The Chainsmokers, a Jingle Ball swag bag, and access to the Verizon Up club lounge.

Between seeing the lights of Times Square during the holidays and hearing the biggest stars in music at Jingle Ball, Buhl left New York very happy.

“I’m still in awe of this entire experience. It was truly unforgettable.”

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About the author(s): 

Eric Wilkens is on the external communications team at Verizon. He is focused on next-generation public relations, brand storytelling, and digital campaigns. His background includes technology, broadcast, and higher education.

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