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Meeting 'The Donald'

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

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Tracy Wright of Brazil entered the Softness Fit for a Trump Sweepstakes during the summer and won an all-expense paid trip to New York City. As part of her sweepstakes prize, Donald Trump took a break from his busy schedule to meet her on Dec. 16.

It was a normal day in the Brazil household of Tracy Wright. One day, in the middle of summer, Tracy got off work, went to Wal-Mart and purchased a jug of 'all' laundry detergent.

After she got home, she started a load of laundry and noticed a sticker near the lid of the bottle of 'all' Cleans and Softens, detergent and fabric softener in one. The sticker was a sweepstakes entry that had a code to enter on the Internet.

She went upstairs, followed directions and entered the code on the 'all' Web site. Tracy claims that she seldom enters sweepstakes.

This particular entry lead to a phone call in mid-November informing her that she was the winner of the Softness Fit for a Trump Sweepstakes.

The prize included an all-expense paid, four-day, three-night trip for two to New York City, a full-day of pampering at a spa, dinner at Jean-Georges, $3,000 spending money, the opportunity to meet Donald Trump and a year's supply of the detergent that made her a winner.

Since her husband, Micheal, was away in Okinawa, Japan, with the 181st Infantry at the time, she decided to take her sister, Cindy Mason, from Dennison, Ill.

Before the trip, Tracy decided that she needed to do a little brushing up on Donald Trump's show "The Apprentice," so she could have something to talk about when meeting "The Donald." She liked the show, but never really found the time to watch it.

While brushing up, she learned the contestant that Trump picked to hire, Randal Pinkett, sponsored the Autism Speaks charity. A charity that hits home for her since her 8-year-old son, Stephen, is autistic. Tracy also has a 5-year-old daughter, Shelby.

Tracy decided to take her trip Dec. 15 - 18. On her trip to New York City, Tracy and Cindy stayed at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel and lived the expensive life of shopping in Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's and anything that didn't resemble Wal-Mart.

On the first full day of her trip, she met "The Donald."

"We met (Donald) the day after 'The Apprentice' season finale, so he was incredibly friendly. He was in a great mood.

"I gave him an Autism Awareness pin. He has a room full of items people have given him. My little pin will get lost," Tracy said.

Her advice to others, "Enter sweepstakes, because you really can win."

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