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February 22, 2013

Contest winner to finally receive kitchen prize

— After winning a 2011 contest sponsored by a Florida company that promised to remake her kitchen, Patricia Mulvehill of Ebensburg is still waiting for the work to begin.

“I’m losing my patience,” she said in a letter to The Tribune-Democrat.

“It’s been a year and a half and nothing been done.”

Mulvehill was declared the winner of the Ugliest Kitchen Contest sponsored by Pompano Beach-based Mei Kit­chens in August 2011.

She was promised a makeover for her kitchen worth up to $14,000.

Mulvehill said she entered the contest to help her disabled husband, Robert Mulvehill, who was in a nursing home. He was left partially paralyzed after suffering numerous brain tumors.

In order for him to return home to visit, the kitchen door needed to be enlarged to fit his wheelchair, Mulvehill said.

Her husband died Feb. 27. He was 65.

“He died waiting for this to be completed,” she said.

Mulvehill said she has gotten little help each time she has contacted the company.

“They keep passing the buck,” she said.

Hoping to facilitate the project, Mulvehill said she had a wall knocked out at her own expense in May.  

Still nothing.

Now, that may change.

After being told the project was on hold, Mulvehill said she received an email from a Mei Kitchens representative after The Tribune-Democrat contacted the company on Wednesday.  

The company representative told her she would have a design for her approval next week.

After that, he said, “We will then expedite the pulling, packing and shipping of the selected cabinets to your home.”

Mulvehill’s contractor will do the work.

There is no timetable for the project, which is estimated at about $13,000.

A company spokesperson declined to comment for this report.

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