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November 4, 2002

CLEARFIELD, UT -- Local Iowa resident Kevin Burk was planning to have a quiet Thanksgiving at home this year. That is, until Lifetime Products, Inc. declared him the Grand Prize winner of its nationwide “Dinner of a Lifetime” essay contest. Now this Sioux City computer technical support specialist will be spending Thanksgiving 1,300 miles away from his hometown – and his family could not be more excited!

Burk along with his wife Mary and 15-year-old daughter Katrina will be traveling to New York City for Thanksgiving weekend and staying in a Times Square hotel suite courtesy of Lifetime®. And as part of the Burks’ family trip to the Big Apple they will get to see the Thanksgiving Day parade live for the first time. When Burk found out he won the “Dinner of a Lifetime” contest he said, “This was one of the most creative contests I’ve ever seen. The theme was great. I had a wonderful time writing about it!”

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time when people come together to share a special meal. With this in mind, Lifetime Products, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of plastic folding tables and chairs, posed the question: Who would you most like to sit next to at the Thanksgiving dinner table? Contestants composed essays of 1,000 words or less which were evaluated based on originality, creativity, and reasoning. Burk took the Grand Prize for his clever idea to have Thanksgiving dinner with himself at the age of seven. During their meal, the grown-up Kevin would impart wisdom and worldly advice to little Kevin, as well as encourage him to take the risks that would ultimately lead him to find his future wife. Ten creative runners-up will receive a Lifetime® table and a set of Lifetime® chairs. Their essays described a wide variety of dinner guests, ranging from fearless immigrant grandparents to the wacky Dr. Seuss.

Essays for the contest were received from all over the country, including one from Puerto Rico. Given the opportunity to have a hypothetical “Dinner of a Lifetime” with anyone they wanted, 29% of Americans overlooked celebrities and political figures in favor of their own family members. Another popular choice (22%) was to have Thanksgiving with a historical figure, with Jesus Christ and Abraham Lincoln requested the most often, while 13% would choose to have a celebrity such as George Clooney or Jennifer Aniston at their table. Of the remaining categories, Rudy Guiliani and Ozzy Osbourne were the most popular choices.         

Thanksgiving is a time when there are always extra faces around the dinner table – and most people, at one time or another, have shared this meal at a spare folding table. Lifetime® products are sturdy, lightweight, and will not crack, chip or peel. Best of all, they are stain resistant and easy to clean – neither turkey gravy nor cranberry sauce will stain Lifetime® tables or chairs.

Established in 1986, Lifetime Products, Inc. is a privately held company in Clearfield, Utah. Lifetime Products manufactures high-impact polyethylene folding tables, picnic tables and chairs, as well as state-of-the-art basketball equipment. For more information about Lifetime Products, Inc. and their products, please visit or call 1-800-242-3865.