Our Year to Date
OperaGram.com® has had an exciting 2009! It all began last November with a phone call from writer Robert K. Elder. Having read a blurb in a local blog promoting our website and services, he thought OperaGram.com® would make an interesting feature for the Chicago Tribune.
The challenge came in coordinating Elder’s schedule with an in person delivery. Elder and OperaGram.com® owner Rose Guccione exchanged several e-mails and phone calls over the few months that followed Elder’s initial phone call.
At last, Elder and the newspaper’s staff photographer/videographer Tom Van Dyke met Guccione on March 22, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. They observed as Guccione put on Viking makeup and gear, vocalized with her Bichon Frise and traveled to a restaurant to deliver a birthday greeting.
The article was published on the front page of the Chicago Tribune‘s LIVE! section on April 7, 2009. Consequently, our voicemail and e-mail accounts were full of orders and requests for media and special event appearances. The article and video are still available at the newspaper’s site and YouTube account at http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/chi-0407-operagramapr07,0,5991718.story and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7hBRwPKE8I.
Additional media coverage followed, including a one-half hour segment on WLS 890 AM Chicago with radio legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Records Landecker (hear the interview at http://www.operagram.net/?p=1304) and a spot on NBC5 News Today with Rob Elgas, Zoraida Sambolin and Andy Avalos (watch http://www.nbcchicago.com/station/as-seen-on/Rob_Elgas_Wakes_up_with_the_Valkyries_Chicago.html).
Gratitude to Our Customers
OperaGram.com® maintains a binder of each and every order placed. Each printed page represents a testament of a human life celebrated. Laughter and tears alike are shown in the videos we share – both public and private – with customers and recipients. Recipients have become customers and customers have repeated business with us.
While we are grateful for your business – especially during these challenging times – we continue to be moved by the regard and affection expressed in every message. It is an honor to serve you.
To celebrate this holiday season, we are extending a special buy one get one free offer to anyone purchasing an OperaGram.com® by Phone, OperaGram.com® by E-mail or an OperaGram.com® in Person using promo code THNQ2009 in the “Referral Code” field on the “Order Form” page. This offer is valid on orders placed through December 31, 2009. Fulfillment of these orders, however, can be scheduled for any time through December 31, 2010.
On behalf of Rose Guccione and her associates at OperaGram.com®, we thank you for the love you have shown each other and us.