LUMBERTON — There were more treats than tricks for two BB&T employees whose names were selected at the United Way Car Giveaway drawing at Terry Chapin Nissan on Tuesday.
The news made Halloween a bit sweeter for Laura Davis, a deposit compliance specialist, and Kimberly Gore, a collections adjuster for the bank.
“I was really excited and very shocked because my name has never been pulled to win anything ever before,” Gore said.
Davis and Gore are the second pair of finalists for the United Way Car Giveaway, their names having been pulled from a rotating cylinder. The two will join 18 other finalists who will be selected at eight more drawings in the weeks to come, one of whom will win either a Chevrolet Spark, Nissan Versa, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit or Toyota Yaris.
According to Davis, a new car could make the road ahead a lot less bumpy.
“I’ve been on the side of the road three times in the month alone with the car I have now,” Davis said.
Gore could also use a new ride.
“The car I have now, I’ve been driving since I was 19 and I’m 26,” Gore said. “So I would definitely enjoy having a new car.”
The two qualified for the contest as fair-share givers — meaning they contribute at least the equivalent of one hour’s pay a month to United Way. According to United Way officials, BB&T employees have historically been the largest contributor dollar-wise to the campaign and they have the largest number of fair-share givers to the current campaign.
“I’ve worked at BB&T for two and a half years and I’ve always given my fair-share because I think that what they do for the community is needed,” Davis said.
The names of 863 fair-share givers were in the cylinder on Tuesday.
Drawings will be held on Tuesdays and rotate at the participating dealerships — Lumberton Chevrolet, Lumberton Honda, Terry Chapin Nissan, Peterson Toyota and Fair Bluff Ford. The next drawing will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Lumberton Honda. The 20 finalists will participate in a reverse-raffle in December at Biggs Park Mall. The last person standing will pick an envelope with the model of the car that person wins inside.
According to Sandra Oliver, executive director of the United Way of Robeson County, people can still qualify by donating. To do so, call the United Way office at 910-739-4249. The United Way’s campaign goal is $715,000.