<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> <html> <head> <title>homeFree</title> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" /> <style type="text/css"> p { margin: 0px; padding: 0px; } .style1 { font-family: "Trebuchet MS"; font-size: large; } .style2 { font-family: "Trebuchet MS"; font-style: italic; } .style3 { font-family: "Trebuchet MS"; font-weight: bold; } </style> </head> <body style="text-align: center;background:#a0cced url(http://www.gakssnacks.com/images/gaksbg.gif) repeat-y top center;;margin: 0px;font-family: trebuchet ms;padding: 0px;"> <div style="width:800px; height: 100%; margin: 0px auto;background: url(http://www.gakssnacks.com/images/gaksbg.gif) repeat-y top center;position: relative;"> <div style="width:800px; float: left;height:100%;background: url(http://www.gakssnacks.com/images/homeFreebg.gif) no-repeat top center; position: relative;"> <div style="padding-top: 150px;width: 795px;border-position: outside;float: left;position: relative; border-left: 3px solid white;border-right: 3px solid white;"> <div style="width: 510px; margin-left: 272px; float: left; text-align: left; position: relative;"> <h3> Who, or What, Is Gak? contest winners</h3> <p></p> <p></p> <p><b>Winners (child):</b></p> <br /> <p>1. Colin D., age 5</p> <p><img src="http://www.gakssnacks.com/images/GakContestColinD 001.jpg" /><br /> <i style="font-size: 12px;"> This is Gak the monster. He has chocolate chips for hair and his eyes and chocolate chip cookies for ears, a nose and hands. He also has a chocolate chip cookie on his tummy. He loves to eat his Gak s Snacks! </i></p> <br /><br /> <p><b>The Story of Gak the Monster</b></p> <br /> <p>There once was a monster named Gak. Gak was a friendly monster who really liked to eat snacks and treats of all kinds. But he would get sick when he ate some treats and snacks. Really sick! He found out he was allergic to peanuts, eggs, and milk! He missed eating snacks and treats. He especially wished he could eat chocolate chip cookies. His stomach got really small because he couldn t eat many snacks since they had peanuts, eggs and milk in them.</p> <br /> <p>He wished there was a way to make cookies without eggs, but he didn t know how. He tried making cookies without eggs in an experiment. He tried and tried and then he figured out a way!</p> <br /> <p>One day he was driving around town and found a perfect place to sell the cookies for all the people like him that had allergies. He called his cookies Gak s Snacks. People liked them so much they told him to make more and more every day. Now he is a happy monster because he did such a good job!</p> <br /> <br /> <p>2. Christina Karabetsos, age 9, poem </p> <br /> <p><b>Gak s Snacks in Backpacks</b></p> <br /> <p>Jack packed his sack</p> <p>And he realized he did not have a good snack.</p> <p>He whacked his backpack</p> <p>For he did not have a good treat to eat.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Jack liked track</p> <p>But everyone, including his brother Zack</p> <p>Said he lacked a knack for track.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Jack still tried out for track,</p> <p>And in his backpack he found a Gak&#8217;s Snack.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He ate the Gak&#8217;s Snack, </p> <p>He felt a delicious, wonderful taste,</p> <p>So he ate the Gak&#8217;s Snack</p> <p>And then he played track.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And then he did <strong style=""><u>not</u></strong> lack in track</p> <p>He had a <strong style=""><u>knack</u></strong> for track!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He got home from track that day when he did not lack </p> <p>Because he had a Gak&#8217;s Snack</p> <p>And he asked his Mom</p> <p>&#8220;Where indeed did you get this wonderful Gak&#8217;s Snack</p> <p>That I found in my backpack before track?&#8221;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>His Mom said &#8220;I made the Gak&#8217;s Snacks for you</p> <p>When you were in track.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;OK Mom, they tasted very good</p> <p>So why did you put Gak in Gak&#8217;s Snacks?&#8221;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&#8220;Because your Great Uncle Jack</p> <p>Always would try to bake a great cookie snack</p> <p>And he would always make Gak.&#8221;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&#8220;Well, Mom, What is Gak?&#8221;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&#8220;Gak is what your Great Uncle Jack&#8217;s </p> <p>Best cookie recipe was, and when I made these, </p> <p>They were the best snack for your backpack before track!<br style=""> </p> <p>In fact, the next day he did <strong style=""><u>not</u></strong> have a Gak&#8217;s Snack</p> <p>And when he ran track, he lacked.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In the end, he realized</p> <p>That when he had the wonderful Gak&#8217;s Snacks in his backpacks</p> <p>He did not lack in track!</p> <br /> <br /> <p>3. M. French, age 10: Poem</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>What Gaks Means to Me</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&#8220;Graciousness and Kindness,&#8221;</p> <p>That&#8217;s what Gaks means to me!</p> <p>Gaks makes a kid like me happy to be!</p> <p>&#8220;Graciousness and Kindness,&#8221;</p> <p>That&#8217;s its form.</p> <p>Yummy and tasty,</p> <p>Cozy and warm.</p> <p>So truly through and through, </p> <p>What does Gaks mean to you? </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /> <hr /> <br /> <p><b>Winners of special art prizes:</b></p> <br /> <p>1. Josh Dewald, age 6 </p> <p><img src="http://www.gakssnacks.com/images/GakContestJoshD 001.jpg" /><br /> <i style="font-size: 12px;"> &#8220;Feeding my brother a Gak&#8217;s cookie&#8221; </i></p> <br /><br /> <p>2. Catherine Gage, age 5<br /> <p><img src="http://www.gakssnacks.com/images/GakContestKatherineG 001.jpg" /><br /></p> <br /> <hr /> <br /> <p><b>Adult first place:</b></p> <br /> <p>1. J. French: Poem</p> <br /> <p>Who can you turn to when the cupboard is bare,</p> <p>What do you do when nuts give you a scare?</p> <p>Where do you go when there&#8217;s no where to turn,</p> <p>When delicious but safe cookies you yearn?</p> <p>How do you avoid cooking scratch strife?</p> <p>Why, we&#8217;ll eat Gaks coffee cake &#8211; pass the knife!</p> <br /> <hr /> <br /> <p><b>Special prizes about the word GAK, child:</b></p> <br /> <p>1. Katrina Farias, age 10 :</p> <p>We think Gak stands for <strong style=""><u>G</u>ood</strong> <strong style=""> for <u>A</u>ll <u>K</u>ids</strong>. The cookies are organic so there&#8217;s no chemicals and that&#8217;s Good for All Kids to be healthy. The cookies are free of things that kids like us are allergic to so Gak&#8217;s Snacks are Good for All Kids because we can have them too &amp; they taste good enough that our friends would also eat them.&#8221;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>2. Olivia Garvin, age 4:</p> <p>Great Allergy-free Kid Snacks </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>3. Douglas Dubrowski, age 10: </p> <p>I think when your child was just starting to talk, he said &#8216;gak&#8217; instead of &#8220;snack.&#8221;</p> <p>HomeFree brand products taste <u>Home</u>made and are <u>Free</u> of many common allergens.</p> <br /> <hr /> <br /> <p><b>Special prizes about the word GAK, adult:</b></p> <br /> <p>1. Amy Keller: Great allergic kids </p> <p>2. Kelly Gage: Great allergy-free kitchen</p> <p>3. Erika Padgette: Gourmet Allergy-free Snacks</p> <br /> <hr /> <br /> <p><b>Special prize for great product ideas</b></p> <br /> <p>1. Donavan Tran, age 9 (Can&#8217;t tell you the ideas, in case we proceed with them!)</p> <br /> <hr /> <br /> <p><b>Special prizes for most accurate of all the entries</b></p> <br /> <p> 1.Kelly Gage: Gak stands for Great Allergen-free Kitchen and was the name the Scrabble champ gave his favorite stuffed animal when he was younger! </p><br /> <p>2. Betty Grizzle/Padgett Keasler: &#8220;Gak must be your son. I know from the loving mention of the name all the snacks are about him &#8211; loving and care.&#8221;</p> <br /> <hr /> <br /> <p><span class="style1">Thank you all for your wonderful entries! </span> </p> <p> <br class="style2" /> <span class="style2">Now who, or what, is Gak? </span> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gak is whatever it has come to mean to you. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="style2">That&#8217;s not an answer!!! Where did it come from? </span>Yes, it&#8217;s time. When our son was younger, Gak was his special blanket. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you think of your own (or your own child&#8217;s) special blanket or stuffed animal, you likely will think of Mom and/or Dad, and especially of<span class="style3"> love, comfort, soothing, and safety</span>. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gak is all of these things. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He (yes, it&#8217;s a he!) also happens to be very <span class="style3">silly, playful and joyful</span>! </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>So when it was time to name our endeavor, we thought of Gak. We bake so that parents and other grownups can give kids with food allergies safe, delicious treats. That way kids with food allergies can join in the fun when treats are served. With the <span class="style3">love, comfort, and soothing</span> of Gak, kids can feel safe enough to be <span class="style3">silly, playful, and joyful</span> with everyone else. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="style2">So why change the name? </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Just like our son is growing, so, too, is our company. We wanted a name that more clearly represents who we are as we grow (since people in a store won&#8217;t know the Gak story!). HomeFree is a more grown up version of Gak. Just like with your own special Gak, <span class="style3">when you are home free, you know everything is taken care of and you can relax. </span> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <br /> Now you can find all of our products at <a href="http://www.homefreetreats.com">www.homefreetreats.com</a>. And you can ask for HomeFree cookies at your local store! As always, we love to hear from you. 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