United Way event ends with car gift on Thursday

First Posted: 1/10/2014

LUMBERTON — Even those who don’t have a chance to win a car in the United Way of Robeson County’s eighth annual Car Giveaway could walk away from Biggs Park Mall a winner on Thursday.

The public is invited to see who will win a free car and take home some prizes of their own, which have included gift cards in years past.

“It’s kind of like a game show,” said Sandra Oliver, executive director of the United Way of Robeson County.

Representatives from local car dealerships have been drawing names since October to select the 20 finalists who still have a shot at a car. At 6 p.m. in Biggs Park Mall’s center court, the finalists will each draw a number. Then, United Way representatives will randomly select numbers, eliminating finalists as their numbers are called.

The last finalist standing will choose an envelope, selecting one of the following cars as their prize: a Chevrolet Spark from Lumberton Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac; a Nissan Versa from Terry Chapin Nissan; a Ford Fiesta from Fair Bluff Ford; a Honda Fit from Lumberton Honda; or a Toyota Yaris from Peterson Toyota-Scion-Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge. The winner must pay for taxes and tags on their new vehicle.

The other 19 finalists will receive gift cards to the mall. Those in the crowd can also learn how to participate in the next Car Giveaway.

“Come out and support United Way and the five car dealerships that have so generously given us this opportunity,” Oliver said.

The drawing is part of United Way ’s Fair Share program; participants who donate at least one hour of their wages a month to United Way are entered into the Car Giveaway.

The 20 finalists are: Sharon Mitchell, who works at Quickie Manufacturing; Roger Morgan, who works with the Lumberton Fire Department; Ashley Jacobs, who works at Walmart; Jeffery Hunt, who works at Kayser-Roth; Henry Drain, who works with the Robeson County Department of Social Services; Yvette Bennet, of the Lumberton City Police Department; Kyle Chavis, of Lumbee Guaranty Bank; Christopher Ware, Jenny Lowery, Marie L. Britt, Ashlynn Musselwhite, Julie A. Miller, Billy Racz, Cassandra McDonald, Deborah Council, Jessica Windom and Lori Vignali, all of whom work at BB&T; Gerline Gibson, who works at Wells Fargo in Lumberton; Johnnie Sweeney, a teacher at Fairgrove Middle School in Fairmont; and Michael Phillips, who works at International Paper in Lumberton.

The Robesonian newspaper has donated more than $10,000 in advertising space to support the event.

For information, call the United Way office at 910-739-4249.

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