Tony and Vanessa Edmond give back in a big way!

By Alice Thomas-Tisdale

Jackson Advocate Publisher

Ten years ago, Jackson couple Tony and Vanessa Edmond won an all-expense paid wedding contest from WOAD radio station. Each year since then, they have planned exciting ways to celebrate their union. Recently, they thought of ways to highlight a decade of being together. In reminiscing about their jumpstart in life together, Tony came up with what they thought then was a crazy idea – to give another couple the same chance of a lifetime gift. They laughed about it, and after toying with the idea, that laugh turned into a smile when they realized they could make it happen with a little help from friends.

“We weren’t sure how expensive it would be and decided to ask others for help. We were surprised at how willing people were to participate,” said Vanessa. Now thanks to the Edmonds, the next WOAD wedding winner is just a few weeks away. With their help, WOAD will give-away a wedding package worth over $4,000. The package includes a wedding planner, an event hall for the wedding/reception, a limo, flowers, a groom’s cake and food for a limited number of guests. A photographer will also be provided for the lucky couple. To register, visit www. or email In 100 words or less, explain why you should be the winner. It’s that simple.

Deadline for entries is October 31, 2012. The wedding must occur before December 1, 2012. Call 601-957-1319 for additional information. Sponsors of the wedding contest are Edmonds Event Hall, Hollywood Entertainment, Eventing By What U Say and 765 Creative Designs with support from E. Williams Florist, Edmonds Event Hall Creations Unlimited, Truly Devine Flowers and More. For an additional fee, vendors will provide additional services.