By Sarah Willets
December 16, 2013
LUMBERTON — Just 20 people from the more than 800 who entered still have a shot at winning a free car from United Way of Robeson County’s eighth annual Car Giveaway.
The last two finalists, Sharon Mitchell and Roger Morgan, were chosen on Tuesday at Peterson Toyota by Pete Peterson. Mitchell works with Quickie Manufacturing and Morgan with the Lumberton Fire Department.
Now, all the group can do is wait until an overall winner is selected in a reverse drawing at Biggs Park Mall at 6 p.m. on Jan. 16. At the event, which is open to the public, United Way will give away prizes to those in the crowd.
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.
Peterson wasn’t feeling the pressure of selecting the last two finalists.
“I just hope one of them wins a Toyota,” he said.
Peterson said he drew names for the contest before a couple years ago, and continued the tradition because of the cause behind it.
“It seemed like the right thing to do,” he said. “It’s a nice gesture for a great organization that needs local support.”
The drawing is part of United Way ’s Fair Share program; participants who donate at least one hour of their wages a month to United Way are entered into the Car Giveway.
The 18 other finalists whose names have already been drawn are: Ashley Jacobs, who works at Walmart; 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; Christopher Ware, Jenny Lowery, Marie L. Britt, 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.
The Robesonian newspaper has donated more than $10,000 in advertising space to support the event.