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Universal Forest picks winner of $20K 'Desperate Deck' contest

August 25, 2014
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Universal Forest picks winner of $20K 'Desperate Deck' contest
A shot of one of Amy Spoonhower’s “desperate” decks. Photo via fb.com

A woman with a “Desperate Deck” is getting a $20,000 deck makeover.

Universal Forest Products in Grand Rapids said this month that Amy Spoonhower, a Gordonsville, Va., has won its 2014 “ProWood Desperate Deck Contest."

Spoonhower and her fiancé spent about four years restoring a foreclosed home in the Piedmont region of Virginia.

By the time the couple had made it to the house’s two decaying decks, the couple’s funds and energy had been depleted.

When Spoonhower saw that Universal Forest was asking people to post their deck stories and photos on Facebook, she entered the contest and was awarded the grand prize: a $20,000 custom-built deck that will be made with Universal Forest’s ProWood professional-grade lumber.

“I’ve worked since I was 15 years old,” Spoonhower said. “I’ve earned everything I’ve ever had in my life that’s of any value — and I’m proud of that. Getting a gift like this feels a little . . . peculiar. I didn’t earn it or work for it, so it’s a peculiar feeling, but a wonderful feeling. It’s a huge reward. I’m still kind of in shock. I was literally shaking for a whole day.

“Buying a foreclosed home is an expensive option for a divorced mom and schoolteacher. All the essentials took precedence — and basically all of my budget. So this is truly unexpected — a gift I feel so incredibly fortunate to have been given.”

Universal Forest Products is a holding company that provides capital, management and administrative resources to wood-product subsidiaries.

“I’m very happy and excited for Amy and her fiancé,” said Chris Fox, ProWood product manager, Universal Forest Products. “We’ll work with Amy, as well as her local ProWood dealer and deck builder to design and build a custom deck that fits her needs. It’s going to be an exciting project, and we look forward to the reveal in a few months.”

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