Consumers in Debt Sing, Dance, Act Their Way to Financial Happiness

SUNRISE, Fla. (September 16, 2010) – How would you feel if you were suddenly debt free? That’s what the non-profit credit counselors at American Debt Counseling asked when they launched the Here’s Me Debt Free online video contest and the results were entertaining. The winning videos are available online at

Hoping to inspire consumers nationwide to realize a life free from debt, the non-profit credit counselors at American Debt Counseling offered to jump start the efforts of three people in debt with cash prizes totaling $6,500 in the form of direct payments to their existing creditors.

Many people answered the challenge, and three winners were selected:

  • Grand prize, $5,000: David Arnett
    South Charleston, West Virginia
  • Second place, $1,000: Sarah Wilson Thacker
    Irvine, California
  • Third place, $500: Mary Musolino
    Las Vegas, Nevada

“The winners of American Debt Counseling’s Here’s Me Debt Free contest truly inspired us with their wit, humor, thought and creativity,” said Barbara Stark, director of community development and education for ADC, a 501 © (3) nonprofit organization providing free certified credit counseling and financial literacy programs as well as low-cost debt management services across the nation.

“We hope people will view these, share them with their friends and family, and become inspired to save more, spend less and live a life free from debt. Though the tone of these videos is light-hearted, the message — that a debt-free life can be a better life — will resonate with the millions of households struggling to pay off credit card debt,” said Stark.

Last year alone, American Debt Counseling helped clients pay off more than $37 million in credit card debt. Upon learning he is $5,000 closer to being debt free, Arnett responded, “I want to put the outfit back on and start dancing again,” a reference to his disco-inspired video.

About American Debt Counseling
Based in Sunrise, Fla., American Debt Counseling, Inc. is a 501 © (3) non-profit organization providing financial education programs as well as confidential and professional certified credit counseling and debt management services across the nation. American Debt Counseling, Inc. is BSI registered and a member of the Association of Credit Counseling Professionals