LUMBERTON — Another two people now have a shot at winning a free car during the United Way of Robeson County’s eighth annual car giveaway.
Jenny Lowery and Marie L. Britt joined 14 others Tuesday when their names were fished from a crop of about 800 at Lumberton Honda. Jay Jaynes, the dealership’s general manager, picked the lucky pair, who are the eighth and ninth BB&T employees chosen as finalists.
Representatives from five local car dealerships are drawing two names every week until Dec. 17, when the 19th and 20th finalists will be chosen. The next drawing is Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Terry Chapin Nissan on Roberts Avenue.
On Jan. 16, one winner will be selected from all of the finalists in a reverse drawing at Biggs Park Mall. The winner will then randomly choose an envelope, selecting one of the following cars as a 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.
Jaynes, who is participating in the drawing for the first time, said it’s exciting to have a hand in the surprise while supporting a cause he believes in.
“United Way puts a lot of money back into the community,” he said. “You have to take care of your own.”
The drawing is part of United Way’s Fair Share program, which allows participants to donate one hour of their wages a month to United Way in exchange for a spot in the drawing.
The 14 other finalists whose names have already been drawn are: 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; 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.
For information about the Car Giveaway or the United Way of Robeson County or to fill out a pledge form, call 910-739-4249 or visit www.unitedwayrobeson.org.
The Robesonian newspaper has donated more than $10,000 in advertising space to support the event.