LUMBERTON — An employee of the United States Postal Servie and a Kayser Roth worker were selected as finalists to win a new ride in Tuesday’s drawing at Peterson Toyota for the United Way Car Giveaway.
Michael S. Terefenko, an employee of the Postal Service, said that he donates to the United Way every year because he likes to support its work in town. If he wins the car, he will be giving it to his daughter.
“I’m kind of excited about it because my 17-year-old daughter needs a new car,” Terefenko said.
Carletta Dianne Prevatte, an employee at Kayser Roth, said she has been donating to the United Way since a family member was helped by the agency.
Asked her reaction to being a finalist, she said: “I couldn’t believe it. Usually I’m not that lucky.”
Sandra Oliver, executive director of the United Way of Robeson County, made sure to mix the more than 880 entries well before turning them in the rotating cylinder and letting Mike Pittman, sales manager for Peterson Toyota, make a selection.
Terefenko and Prevatte qualified in the drawing as fair-share givers — meaning they contribute at least the equivalent of one hour’s pay a month to United Way. They became the 10th and 11th finalists among 20 who will participate in a reverse raffle in December at Biggs Park Mall. The last person standing will pick an envelope that will reveal which car they will drive away in — either a Chevrolet Spark, Nissan Versa, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit or Toyota Yaris.
Drawings are held on Tuesdays and rotate at the participating dealerships — Lumberton Chevrolet, Lumberton Honda, Terry Chapin Nissan, Peterson Toyota and Fair Bluff Ford. The next drawing will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Terry Chapin Nissan.
The United Way’s campaign goal is $715,000. It is not too late to become eligible for the United Way Car Giveaway. For information on how to become a fair-share giver, call the United Way at 910-739-4249.