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LUMBERTON — A bank employee and a teacher are the first two finalists in a contest to win a new car from the United Way of Robeson County — and it’s not too late to sign up for a chance to join them.

The names of Gerline Gibson, who works at Wells Fargo bank in Lumberton, and Johnnie Sweeney, a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher at Fairgrove Middle School in Fairmont, were chosen out of 620 names at a drawing on Tuesday at Fair Bluff Ford for the United Way’s eighth annual Car Giveaway. They will be joined by 18 other finalists over the next nine weeks.

The giveaway is part of the United Way’s Fair Share program, which allows people who donate the equivalent of one hour’s pay a month to be eligible to win a free car. 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. The next drawing will be at Lumberton Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

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.

Shannon McLaughlin, a United Way board member, attended the Fair Bluff Ford drawing.

“It raises money for the United Way and a lot of agencies in Robeson County depend on funds from the United Way,” she said.

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. Those who make the donation can have their names included in subsequent drawings.

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