Show Your Love for the City at GROUPHUG St. Louis

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St. Louis ever get you down? Get a little angry? A little disappointed sometimes? Or maybe you just love the city no matter what? Well, it's time to hug it out! Yeah, slap those arms around that part of the city that makes you happy. And there's plenty to love. Need a free suggestion? That Grizzly at the zoo has made you smile more than once, yes? Ride MetroLink? Hug a train (or the train operator)? Gates to your neighborhood, favorite purveyor of gooey butter cake, city's newest microbrewery, a flood gate…

You get the idea. So, hug what you love, have an accomplice snap a photo and submit to [email protected] Then plan to attend the GROUPHUG St. Louis event Thursday, June 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at the STyLehouse. Presented by City Affair, a $100 cash prize and gift certificates from STL Style, the St. Louis Curio Shoppe and The Gelateria will be awarded. Oh, and Cleveland-based Saving Cities will be filming portions of the event and conducting interviews to document grassroots efforts to "save" cities from the community up.

Event details:

WHAT: GROUPHUG ST. LOUIS
WHO: All lovers of St. Louis
WHEN: Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 7 – 10 pm
WHERE: STyLehouse, 3159 Cherokee St., 63118
HOW MUCH: Free!

WHAT IS IT?
We are asking you and your friends to scour the city for your favorite people, places, and objects—ones that define our city and/or help to explain why you love St. Louis—and HUG these subjects for the camera. Get a friend to snap a photograph of you with your arms wrapped around your favorite St. Louis building, business, monument, person, etc. On June 2, all participants and friends are invited to attend the GROUPHUG party to view pics, imbibe, listen to music and express your love for STL.

OK, I DID IT. NOW WHAT?
E-mail your photograph(s) to: [email protected] by Tuesday, May 31 at 5 p.m. More than one is encouraged! Tell us your name, where you are or who you are with.

WHY AM I DOING THIS?
Each submission is a chance to win prizes at the GROUPHUG event on June 2, including $100 cash, gift certificates to various St. Louis businesses, and, of course, free hugs. Prize will be awarded to Jury’s Selection for best submission.

For a list of submission rules and guidelines, visit Submission Rules.

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