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LUMBERTON — Two BB&T employees make six the number of people who are now finalists to win a new car from one of five local dealerships as part of the United Way of Robeson County’s eighth annual Car Giveaway.

Deborah Council and Lori Vignali were chosen from more than 800 names at a drawing on Tuesday at Lumberton Honda.

The giveaway is part of the United Way’s Fair Share program, which enables 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 Peterson Toyoto-Scion-Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge 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.

Greg Price of Nelson, Price and Associates attended the Tuesday drawing and said the giveaway is a way to thank participants for their donations.

“It’s kind of a way of giving back to them who are giving their money to the United Way,” Price said. “It’s a win-win situation.”

Council and Vignali join the following four people as finalists: Gerline Gibson, who works at Wells Fargo in Lumberton; Johnnie Sweeney, a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher at Fairgrove Middle School in Fairmont; Jessica Windom, another BB&T employee; 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 www.unitedwayrobeson.org. Those who make the donation can have still their names included in subsequent drawings.

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