Two more finalists picked in United Way Car Giveaway

First Posted: 11/12/2013

LUMBERTON — Two more finalists have joined a growing group with a shot at winning a free car in United Way of Robeson County’s eighth annual car giveaway.

Henry Drain, who works with the Robeson County Department of Social Services, and Cassandra McDonald, a BB&T employee, joined eight others when their names were drawn at Peterson Toyota-Scion-Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge on Tuesday by Mike Pittman, a sales manager at the dealership. McDonald is the fourth BB&T employee so far to be selected.

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 next drawing will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Fair Bluff Ford.

Representatives from five local car dealerships will draw two names every Tuesday until Dec. 17, when the 19th and 20th finalists are announced.

One winner will be selected from all of the finalists in a reverse drawing at Biggs Park Mall on Jan. 16. The winner will pick 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.

According to Sandra Oliver, United Way’s executive director, other United Way programs have just one or two dealerships that participate in their drawings.

“Working together, we can accomplish a lot more,” she said.

For Pittman, choosing the names made him feel “a little bit” like Santa Claus.

“It’s just a good way to give back to the community,” he said. “Each year it’s a privilege for the dealership.”

The eight other finalists whose names have already been drawn are: Yvette Bennet, of the Lumberton City Police Department; Kyle Chavis, of the Lumbee Guaranty Bank; 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 fourth- and fifth-grade teacher at Fairgrove Middle School in Fairmont; and Michael Phillips, who works at Interational 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

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