Design Ideas is pleased to announce the U.S. winners of the 2015 GelGems Window contest! We would like to extend a sincere thank-you to all the retailers who made this year's contest a success by using GelGems to make a difference in their communities. 

Part of the fun of our annual GelGems window contest is that YOU select the winner. This year, we received over 56,500 votes from Gelmaniacs around the globe, making this year's contest the biggest in GelGems history.
First Place
All Seasons for All Reasons, Pipersville, PA
Charity: CJ's Living the Dream Memorial Fund 
Tragically, CJ was killed July 2014 when hit by a drunk driver on his motorcycle. His family lost a wonderful father, devoted husband and the Pipersville community lost a valuable asset and active leader. In his memory, his family, friends and colleagues have established the CJ's Living the Dream Memorial Fund with a mission to provide the means for our youth to continue participating in the many activities CJ was involved with. All Seasons for All Reasons wins a $1,000 Design Ideas product voucher and a $1000 cash donation to CJ's Living the Dream Memorial Fund.


Second Place
Tabula Rasa Essentials, Manhattan Beach, CA
Charity: Special Olympics
Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. This year, Manhattan Beach (where Tabula Rasa Essentials is located) has been chosen as one of the host cities for this summer's Special Olympic Games. Tabula Rasa Essentials wins a $500 Design Ideas product voucher and a $500 cash donation to Special Olympics.

Third Place
Imagine That Toys, Wichita, KS
Charity: East Heights Preschool

East Heights Preschool offers developmentally appropriate classes and features fun, hands-on learning led by degreed educators. Three of those teachers work at Imagine That Toys, thus giving them an advantage to have the best, newest toys available in the classroom! Imagine That Toys wins a $250 Design Ideas product voucher and a $250 cash donation to East Heights Preschool.

A team of our in-house designers and customer service members selected the best overall design and their favorite cause to receive these special awards.

Best Design
Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge, CA
Charity: Little Explorers

Descanso Garden's stunning multi-panel work was not only beautifully designed, but it made GelGems the star of their store! Our in-house design team loved the intricate detail within the different scenes of creatures. Descanso Garden Gift Shop wins a $250 Design Ideas product voucher and a $250 cash donation to be used for Little Explorers, a public education program that brings youngsters to explore Descanso Garden from the ground up.
Favorite Cause
Tarzian West, Brooklyn, NY
Charity: Ocean Conservancy
Our in-house customer service team chose Ocean Conservancy as this year's "favorite cause." Ocean Conservancy is a nonprofit environmental advocacy group committed to conserving the oceans and its wild life. The organization uses the best science-based solutions to tackle the biggest threats to our ocean. Tarzian West wins a $250 Design Ideas product voucher and a $250 cash donation to Ocean Conservancy.