Local DC resident wins trip to Sarasota County via Twitter contest

Visit Sarasota County
Lynn Hobeck Bates, 941-955-0991 Ext. 103
[email protected]


SARASOTA, Fla. (December 16, 2014) –   District of Columbia resident Jodi McCarthy won a trip to Sarasota County for her tweet in Visit Sarasota County (VSC) #BraveLikeNik Twitter contest.

“We are delighted she is from one of our key visitor of origin markets,” said Erin Duggan, director of brand for VSC. “We hope she enjoys her visit and spreads the word about her time in Sarasota County with her friends and family.”

Visit Sarasota County ran the contest around high wire artist, and Sarasota County native Nik Wallenda’s successful attempt to cross the Chicago River on a tight rope and blindfolded on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Promoted exclusively on Twitter, the campaign ran in the days surrounding Wallenda’s walk.  Wallenda fans entered the contest by telling Visit Sarasota County why they were brave just like Nik was brave for walking across the Chicago River on a tight rope blindfolded.  Fans were required to reply to a @VisitSarasota tweet or tag @VisitSarasota and use the hashtag #BraveLikeNik in their post.


Located on Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast, Sarasota County offers a vibrant arts and cultural scene, a diverse array of culinary experiences and a variety of opportunities to take advantage of the clear waters and the great outdoors. Sarasota County provides the quintessential, laid-back beach getaway with numerous sprawling, white-sand beaches, including Siesta Key Beach, named "America's Best Beach" in 2011 by Stephen Leatherman, aka, Dr. Beach. Dubbed "Home of the American Circus," Sarasota County served as the headquarters for the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus for 75 years, and visitors can experience its unique circus heritage first-hand by following the circus trail or catching a performance by one of two local circus companies. For more information on visiting Sarasota County, visit www.visitsarasota.org or call (941) 706-1253


Lynn Hobeck Bates, APR

Communications Manager
Visit Sarasota County

1777 Main Street, Suite 302
Sarasota, FL 34236

941-955-0991 Ext. 103