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AAFES seeking sizzling holiday creations for $3,850 in shopping sprees

DALLAS -- The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Hershey's are joining culinary forces to determine which AAFES shoppers have the most talent in the kitchen. The Patriot Family Holiday Creations contest <http://www.flickr.com/photos/aafespa/4078277525/sizes/l/> , which runs Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, will spotlight recipes and photos of cakes, cupcakes and cookies decorated in holiday style by military shoppers.

"Based on similar contests in the past, there is no doubt that AAFES shoppers will 'cook up' some very creative treats," said AAFES' Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Jeffry Helm. "I'm excited to see which photos have the 'ingredients' for success and, in addition to the shopping sprees, we'll use the winning shots and recipes in our 2010 Holiday Creations baking guide."

Aspiring chefs must submit an original photo of their holiday decorated baked goods with the recipe to patriotfamily@aafes.com. The entries will be judged on originality, creativity, ease of preparation and presentation. The grand prize winner will receive a $2,000 AAFES shopping spree with runners-up shopping sprees of $1,000, $500, $250 and four for $25.

Complete rules concerning the Holiday Creations contest are available online at the AAFES Patriot Family Connection at www.aafes.com <http://www.aafes.com/> . Final judging and winners of the contest are expected to be announced around Feb. 15, 2010.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint command and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. AAFES has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with articles of merchandise and services and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs. To find out more about AAFES' history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.aafes.com/pa/default.asp.