United Way offers fair chance to win car

First Posted: 10/9/2013

LUMBERTON — Anyone wanting to buy a chance at winning a car for an hour’s worth of work a month — while also making a contribution to support an array of local nonprofits — still has time to get their name in the pot as the United Way’s annual Car Giveaway returns on Tuesday.

And if that’s too short of notice, there is always next week and eight more after that.

The first of 10 drawings for the eighth annual Car Giveaway is Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Fair Bluff Ford. As of late last week, there were about 800 fair-share givers who are eligible to win a car that will be donated by one of five participating car dealerships. A fair share is defined as one hour’s pay a month.

Sandra Oliver, executive director of the United Way of Robeson County, said the program depends on payroll deductions; she gave an example of how it would work for a $10-an-hour employee.

“If you’re paid once a month, then $10 will be taken from your paycheck,” Oliver said. “If you’re paid bi-weekly, $5 will be taken twice a month.”

Representatives from one of the car dealerships will draw the names of two finalists every Tuesday until the 20th finalist is drawn on Dec. 17.

Once all the finalists are named, a reverse drawing will be held on Jan. 16 at Biggs Park Mall. The last person standing that day will pick an envelope and win one of the following cars — 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 taxes and tags for the car before taking ownership.

“It’s almost like a game show,” Oliver said. “People bring people with them and we usually have a pretty decent crowd.”

Oliver said the giveaway puts a spin on helping the community.

“It adds a fun piece to what we’re doing because we hope people are giving to help communities and because all of the money stays in Robeson County,” she said.

Rick Bacon, community relations manager for The Robesonian, said the newspaper donated advertising for the event as a way to benefit the community.

“We’re pleased that The Robesonian can partner with the United Way of Robeson County to make life better for our residents,” Bacon said. “Each year the paper gives more than $10,000 worth of advertising to get the word out about this great Car Giveaway. We’re proud to have donated advertisements to spread the word about this wonderful program.”

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 United Way of Robeson County benefits the following organizations: American Red Cross; Boys and Girls Club of Lumberton/Robeson County; Boy Scouts of America, Cape Fear Council; Communities in Schools of Robeson County; Foster Children’s Christmas Fund; the Girl Scouts — N.C. Coastal Pines; Lumberton Christian Care Center; Mayor’s Committee for the Challenged; Monarch Southeastern Industrial Center; Rape Crisis Center of Robeson County; Robeson County 4-H; Robeson County Church and Community Center; Robeson County Partnership for Children; Robeson Family Counseling Center; Southeastern Family Violence Center; Southeastern Hospice; and Southeastern N.C. Radio Reading Service.