CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Two little bundles of joy are expected to make a big impression in coming weeks; the infant twin boys from Chambersburg are the new faces of a Summit Health billboard.
Alex and Ian Rudolph are no strangers to the spotlight. They were featured by Chambersburg Hospital as the first babies born at the facility in the New Year, coming into the world Jan. 1 at 8:27 and 8:29 p.m.
Their birthdate, in addition to earning them bragging rights, also qualified them to be entered into a social media contest organized by Summit Health to help promote Family Birthing Services offered at Chambersburg Hospital and Waynesboro Hospital. All babies born at both hospitals during the month of January were invited to participate.
Parents had the option of uploading a photo of their newborn to a website, where they would be voted on by the public through Summit Health’s Facebook page. The baby with the most ‘likes’ would win a newborn photo session by local photographer Nicole Garman, with one of the photos to be featured on a billboard.
“As we were considering different ways to promote the services we offer in our Family Birthing Services unit, we wanted to try something a little different,” explained Director of Patient Services of the Family Birthing Services Unit Terri Chaires. “Each day we feel so fortunate to be surrounded by local families as they welcome their children into the world, and thought, ‘why not show some of these adorable faces to the community?’”
When they first learned about the contest, Katie and Herman Rudolph thought it might be fun to enter their twin boys, but didn’t expect their sons to win. Shortly after they uploaded a photo of their babies, it went viral. By the end of the contest, the photo had more than 2300 ‘likes’ or votes.
“Their grandparents are over the moon! We both are from the area and so all of our friends knew about the contest and were checking the page each day to see if the twins were still in the lead,” explained Katie.
The billboard, located along I-81 is visible to south bound traffic near the Wayne Avenue exit and will be “live” through May.