First Posted: 1/13/2010
LUMBERTON Abe Marshall, United Way president and JC Penney store manager, was hoping a JC Penney employee would finally qualify for the Robeson County United Way new car giveaway, but instead an eighth BB&T employee took the penultimate spot.
Christine Lee, of Fairmont, was the 15th fair share giver to qualify to win a new car. Lee is a leadership giver among the most generous givers, said Sandra Oliver, Robeson County United Way executive director. Lee could not be reached for comment.
Paul Matthews, general manager of Lumberton Nissan, had to draw twice after the first person drawn was not eligible.
While they were waiting for confirmation, Marshall and agency representatives at the drawing browsed through Nissans new car selection. They included Dencie Lambdin of Community in Schools, Cindy Edwards of Southeastern Family Violence Center, Shea Ann DeJarnette of 4-H, Pat Smartt of the Red Cross, Tanya Underwood of Robeson County Partnership for Children, Audrey Hester of Southeastern Hospice, and Helen McMillan of Southeastern Industrial Center. United Way board members Van Strickland and Greg Price were also there.
Maybe I can convince my wife Im going through a mid-life crisis, Marshall said as he looked over a 2010 Nissan 370 Z.
Car shopping ended when Oliver announced the person drawn was no longer a fair share giver.
Were back in the game, Marshall said with a clap.
But BB&T won again. BB&T employees make up 33 percent of United Ways fair share givers, and far outnumber any other organization with 272 donors; in second place are Robeson County employees with 95, and third is Southeastern Regional Medical Center with 72.
Last year BB&T donated $101,974 to the United Way, and has raised $108,646 for the current campaign.
The local United Way, which distributes money to 18 local organizations that helped an estimated 67,000 Robesonians last year, is $200,000 short of its $715,000 goal. Last year, the United Way raised 91 percent of its $715,000 annual fund-raising goal.
The last qualifying drawing is Tuesday at Peterson Toyota, and the winner will be selected during a drawing on Jan. 28 at Biggs Park Mall. That person will receive a car from one of the four participating car dealerships Jerry Johnson Chevrolet, Lumberton Honda, Lumberton Nissan, and Peterson Toyota.