Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As the Ravens and 49ers fought to win the Super Bowl, one young man put everything on the line for a personal victory.
Zach Burczynski told his longtime girlfriend Meg Ferree they should watch the game at Tully's with friends and family. But really he was planning something much bigger.
Burczynski was the grand prize winner of a free engagement ring through the Van Cott Super Proposal contest sponsored by Van Cott Jewelers.
As the Ravens and 49ers ran off the field for half time, it was time for
Zach's big show. WBNG taped a commercial of his proposal to Meg two weeks ago. Our crew had cameras rolling as the commercial aired and Burczynski got down on one knee.
"I caught part of the commercial, but I was mainly interested in just looking at him and what he was doing," Ferree said. "I was so completely surprised."
The owner of Van Cott Jewelers, Bill Levine, was there to share the couple's moment, one that he helped make possible.
"The minute Zach got down on his knee, we all took a deep breath," he said.
Levine said part of the reason he chose Zach as the winner was his answer to the question, "How do you know she's the one?"
'I said I had thought I lost everything in the flood,'" Zach said. "But when everything was all said and done, I looked at her and I knew she was my everything. So we didn't actually lose anything."
Meg, a Vestal Central School District music teacher and Zach, a graphic designer at Corning Credit Union, lost their first home together in September 2011.
But through it all, their love persevered.
"We've gone through a lot together and the flood helped me to know that he is someone I want to spend the rest of my life with," Meg said. "If you can get through something like that, at our young age, then you know you can get through anything."
And now that Meg has said "yes," the couple has something very special to look forward to as they move on, hand in hand.
She may not be a football fan, but Meg Ferree will never forget Super Bowl XLVII.