2015 Sweetheart City Valentine Program
More detailed information on this year's Valentine Program (including mailing dates for this year's 69th Annual Re-Mailing Program and Miss Loveland Valentine) coming to this space soon!
The Loveland Chamber of Commerce is now accepting design and verse entries for the 2015 official Loveland Valentine card and cachet.
See detailed submission guidelines here.
Chosen designs and verses will be incorporated into the card and cachet, which will be unveiled in January 2015. The valentine card is sold throughout northern Colorado through select retailers and will be available for sale immediately after it is unveiled. The chosen cachet design and verse will be used to produce the official cachet that is stamped on all outgoing valentines that come through the 69th Annual Valentine Re-mailing Program, which kicks off Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. The cachet verse appears inside the cachet design. The completed cachet is reproduced on rubber stamps and used to hand-stamp the envelope of each valentine card re-mailed from Loveland. It is also printed on the envelope of the 2015 official Loveland Valentine card.
Winners of the card and cachet contests are awarded cash prizes and become part of Loveland’s history.
Each person can submit multiple entries for all contests, as long as each separate entry includes name, phone number, complete address and email address.
The submission deadline for the card, cachet and cancellation contests is 5 p.m., Friday Nov. 7, 2014.
2014 Sweetheart City Valentine Program
Purchase 2014 Official Loveland Valentine Cards here!
SEND YOUR VALENTINE'S THROUGH THE SWEETHEART CITY
Join more than 160,000 people across the world and send your valentine's through the city of Loveland, Colo. otherwise known as the Sweetheart City. Simply follow these instructions:
- Pre-address, pre-stamp all valentine’s and enclose them in a larger 1st Class envelope.
All envelopes should be sent to:
Postmaster - Attention Valentines
446 E. 29th St
Loveland, CO 80538-9998
All valentines will be removed from the larger envelope at the post office.
To ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day 2014:
- Foreign mail must be received in Loveland by Feb. 4
- U.S. destined mail must be received in Loveland by Feb. 7
- Colorado destined mail must be received in Loveland by Feb. 10
- Proper postage must be affixed, especially for foreign mail.
Colorado residents have the option to drop off their pre-addressed, pre-stamped valentines to local King Soopers or City Market food stores. Feb. 8 is the final day to drop off valentines at these locations.
2014 Sweetheart City Valentine Program
It is hard to believe that Loveland, Colo. was among the communities affected by the September 2013 Colorado flooding, especially as Valentine’s Day approaches. The community showcases a resilient spirit, determined to send floods of love around the world this February through its Valentine Re-Mailing Program, the largest program of its kind. Loveland, also known as the nation’s Sweetheart City, unveiled its 2014 official valentine cachet stamp and verse with an inspiring message that will be sent around the world:
From the Sweetheart City
Scenic, Safe and Strong
Comes a flood of Valentine wishes
To you, where they belong.
The 2014 cachet has a very special meaning to Loveland and to its counterparts across Colorado affected by the September floods. It also embraces the hope and love that Loveland’s community, people and the Valentine Re-Mailing Program continue to bring to thousands around the world. The 2014 cachet was designed by Corry McDowell and the verse is by Dale Littlefield.
“We are recovering from a difficult year and know that many other communities are as well. Loveland is strong and our commitment to spreading love around our community, our state, our nation and the world is stronger than ever,” said Mindy McCloughan, president of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce. “Our hope in 2014 is to continue to spread floods of valentine wishes and love to those who need it most. One sentimental note can make a difference in the lives of our children, our families, our neighbors and even those we have never met.”
Since 1947, the chamber, the Loveland post office and 60 volunteer stampers have been bringing love, hope and sentiments to people in all 50 states and more than 110 countries with a special cachet stamp and message through the program. More than 160,000 valentines get mailed each year from mothers to sons, grandfathers to granddaughters and everyone in between. Famous athletes, celebrities and even the president often get valentines stamped with Loveland’s special message. Some of the most heartfelt valentines that have come through Loveland are the ones sending messages of hope and love to our troops overseas, to children battling life-threatening illnesses and to those who are overcoming tragedy and need an extra note of encouragement.
The Valentine Re-Mailing Program begins Feb. 4 with the first stamping at 9 a.m. at the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, 5400 Stone Creek Circle, Loveland, Colo. 80538.
2014 Official Loveland Valentine Card
The Loveland Chamber of Commerce produces an annual Valentine’s Day card from the works of local artists. The 2014 card was designed by Loveland resident John Metcalf. Metcalf’s inspiration for the card was Loveland’s art community, its heart program and the sentiment of love that goes along with the holiday. The valentine verse, written by Dixie Daly, is:
As I dream of what love should be,
Sentiments from The Sweetheart City are what I see.
With so much love in the air
Comes this message of love to share.
May your wishes & dreams come true
As I celebrate this Valentine's Day with you!
Valentine cards can be purchased online, at the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, Loveland Visitors Center and other the following local retailers for $3.50:
The Chamber's Loveland Valentine Program
Sponsored by McKee Medical Center
Known as 'The Sweetheart City,’ Loveland, Colo. has been re-mailing valentines with a special cachet and postal cancellation since 1946. Since then, Loveland, Colo. has become world renown for its dedication to romance. Not only does the The Sweetheart City capture the essence of romance via its world-renowned Valentine Re-mailing program, but also via the many weddings and anniversaries celebrated here each year!
The Loveland Chamber of Commerce is happy to lead The Sweetheart City in helping others celebrate their romantic relationships by establishing and managing the world-renowned Loveland Valentine Program. This program includes the selection process of Miss Loveland Valentine, producing the annual “Official Loveland Valentine Card" and partnering with U.S. Postal Service in re-mailing more than 160,000 valentines each year. Each card is lovingly hand-stamped by volunteers during the first two weeks in February.
Miss Loveland Valentine Nicole Wilson
This year the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, along with its panel of five judges, selected Nicole Wilson, a Thompson Valley High School senior, as the 2014 Miss Loveland Valentine.
Wilson was one of eleven Loveland-area high school female students up for the prestigious title. Wilson earned the win after writing an essay, conducting an interview with judges and presenting a heartfelt “Loveland My Community” speech to attendees of today's luncheon hosted by Thompson Valley Rotary.
One of Wilson's key messages in her speech was the importance of family and how the people of Loveland are more than just neighbors, but family and the heart of the community. 2013 Miss Loveland Valentine Madison Polansky and
long-time Miss Valentine chaperone Norma Jean Goodheart were on hand to present Wilson with her official sash, a bouquet of flowers courtesy of Rowe’s Flowers in Loveland, and a new tradition this year, a custom necklace designed
and made by Jacki Marsh of Rabbask Design and Carey Hosterman with Carey Hosterman Fine Arts.