Entrants were challenged to submit a sketch of an original hat design that captures the essence of the Chrysler Sebring Convertible and the sophistication of the Kentucky Derby, while incorporating material from the Chrysler Sebring Convertible's soft top. Contestants' hat designs were judged on originality and functionality of design, replication feasibility and written description of the hat.
"These 15 quarterfinalists stood out from our large group of entries with their unique interpretations of the Chrysler Sebring Convertible's styling and features. Their design applications exemplify the elegance, performance and excitement of the Kentucky Derby and Sebring Convertible, now with a retractable hard top and the only one to offer three convertible top options," said David Rooney, Director - Chrysler Marketing and Global Communications. "We wish the best of luck to each quarterfinalist and are eager to see who will make it to the semifinals to actually produce their hat designs inspired by the Sebring Convertible."
Public Helps Pick Finalists
The public may help send their local or other favorite hat designer to the Kentucky Derby by placing a vote online from March 20-26 at www.chryslersebringhatsofftothederby.com. Only one vote per person will be counted.
Online voting, in combination with the judges' scores, will determine the five semifinalists who will be provided seed money and convertible top fabric to produce their hat. After viewing the completed hats, judges will select three finalists, who will receive a trip for two to the Kentucky Derby and a chance to win an all-new 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible. The grand prize winner will be decided by a panel of judges and announced in Louisville, Ky., during Kentucky Derby weekend.
Complete List of Quarterfinalists
Sandra Gerger - Warrington, PA
Christephor Gilbert - Louisville, KY
Nancy Kevorkian - Port Charlotte, FL (two designs selected for quarterfinals)
Tanya Law - Charleston, WV
Cynthia Lundeen - Cleveland Heights, OH
Rose Monzyk - Washington, MO
Mary Pattavina - Lincoln, NE
Nina Rosenberg - Prospect, KY
Josh Schneider - Ocean, NJ
Jeanette Marie Simme - Sullivan, OH
Theresa Swain - Wilson, NC
Karen White - Loveland, OH
Jayne Wieber - Westphalia, MI
Curtis Williams - Aragon, GA
About the 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible
The completely redesigned 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible, arriving in showrooms this spring, offers a sleek and elegant design, exhilarating performance with excellent fuel efficiency and a spacious interior. The 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible also offers what no other convertible has offered before - three automatically latching convertible top options: vinyl, cloth and a body- color painted steel hard top, all of which can be retracted with a push of a button on the key fob.
The Chrysler Sebring Convertible has long held the honor of America's favorite convertible, solidly leading the segment for the past decade. In fact, Sebring Convertible has earned the title of best-selling convertible in the United States for seven of the past 11 years. The 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible is poised to be in the winners circle when it becomes available in U.S. dealerships in the second quarter of 2007 and in global volume markets in the second half of 2007.
Source: Chrysler Group