SIOUX FALLS, SD— Baby it’s cold outside, but thoughts of sandy beaches and exotic ports of call are keeping one Harrisburg woman toasty warm this week.
Later this winter, Jessica Gibbons is heading on a tropical, seven-day cruise thanks to First PREMIER Bank. Gibbons was grand prize winner of the bank’s Cruisin’ FREE Sweepstakes, which promoted its FREE+ Checking account.
“At first, I thought it had to be a complete joke,” Gibbons said. “There was no way I actually won something. I am the unluckiest person.”
First PREMIER Bank CEO Dana Dykhouse and President Dave Rozenboom surprised Gibbons with the prize at her workplace.
“I work in surgery at Sanford. We were just finishing up with a case and a nurse came in and told me I needed to go to the front desk immediately because there were people from First PREMIER Bank that needed to speak with me,” recalls Gibbons. “My heart dropped. I was super scared something was wrong with my account. They handed me a bag and all I could see was a beach towel at first and that's when they said I had won a free seven-day cruise to the Caribbean.”
Gibbons said she was in shock and disbelief at first, but thought being surprised at work was fun. “I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity that First PREMIER Bank offered. I can't thank them enough for this wonderful prize.”
Gibbons and her husband will be cruising to the Cayman Islands, Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. In addition to a cruise, the prize package included round-trip airfare to the starting port and lodging before and after the cruise.