Con­cord woman wins cam­paign con­test

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Community - Sub­mit­ted

The win­ner of United Way of Lake County’s (UWLC) five month 2017 giv­ing cam­paign con­test was an­nounced re­cently at Clas­sic Toy­ota in Men­tor. Grand fi­nale win­ner Ann O’Leary of Con­cord won her choice of a two-year lease on a 2018 Toy­ota Corolla LE with all taxes and fees paid or $5,000 in cash.

O’Leary said the car was beau­ti­ful and very tempt­ing but quickly de­cided upon the cash.

“My daugh­ter is get­ting mar­ried and the $5,000 will come in handy right now,” said O’Leary.

O’Leary is em­ployed at Con­cord Bio­sciences and do­nated to United Way of Lake County through her or­ga­ni­za­tion’s work­place cam­paign, which qual­i­fied her to re­ceive an en­try into the con­test.

Ten semi­fi­nal­ists were ran­domly se­lected on Jan. 26, out of a to­tal of 2,283 con­test en­tries.

UWLC 2017 Cam­paign Chair Mark Suther­land, pres­i­dent of The Lubri­zol Foun­da­tion and cor­po­rate vice pres­i­dent of global com­mu­ni­ca­tions and pub­lic af­fairs for The Lubri­zol Cor­po­ra­tion chose the raf­fle tick­ets live on Face­book.

The semi­fi­nal­ists were all present at the cer­e­mony and in­cluded Mike An­der­son of Rich­mond Heights, from Eye Light­ing In­ter­na­tional; Lil­lian Blevins of Perry, from Eye Light­ing In­ter­na­tional; Lau­rene Bucci of Men­tor; Chris­tine Do­razio, of East­lake, from The Lubri­zol Cor­po­ra­tion; Michael Good­ell from Avery Den­ni­son; Diana Haus­rath of Wil­loughby Hills, from Zito In­sur­ance Agency; Ann O’Leary of Con­cord, from Con­cord Bio­sciences; Frank McKeon of Painesville, from the city of Painesville; Lind­say Pschirer of Lyn­hurst, from Lake Metroparks; and Yvonne Del­gado Thomas of Chardon, from the Fine Arts As­so­ci­a­tion.

The con­test be­gan at the kick-off of United Way’s 2017 Giv­ing Cam­paign on Sept. 7, and ran through Jan. 25.

“To qual­ify for the raf­fle, United Way of Lake County con­trib­u­tors needed to make a new or in­creased gift of at least $52, which is just $1 per week,” said Jean Sency, vice pres­i­dent of Re­source Devel­op­ment.

At the cer­e­mony, Suther­land an­nounced that the con­test raised more than $118,000 in ad­di­tional sup­port for our com­mu­nity.

Suther­land also re­minded every­one of the real mean­ing be­hind the con­test.

“While I’m thrilled to be here dur­ing this joy­ful oc­ca­sion, I’m re­minded of the true rea­son we are here to­day, which is to help peo­ple,” Suther­land said.

Suther­land went on to say, “The funds raised from this con­test will make a re­mark­able im­pact on the lives of so many of Lake County’s most vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents. United Way works hard to pro­vide food for our hun­gry; shel­ter and clothes for our home­less; med­i­cal care and warm meals for our se­niors; a safe haven and care for vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse; help for those suf­fer­ing from the dark tun­nel of ad­dic­tion; med­i­cal and men­tal health care for the unin­sured; care and sup­port for fam­i­lies strug­gling to get back on their feet; men­tor­ship, coun­sel­ing and learn­ing pro­grams to keep our chil­dren en­gaged and off the streets; and so much more.”

Con­tes­tants were lined up side-by-side in the or­der their names were ini­tially drawn with friends, neigh­bors, and co-work­ers look­ing on in an­tic­i­pa­tion. In this same or­der, fi­nal­ists were then asked to se­lect one of 10 keys pre­sented to them by Suther­land. Each con­tes­tant was then in­vited to take the driver’s seat of the 2018 Toy­ota Corolla LE to see if the key they se­lected started the car’s ig­ni­tion.

O’Leary was the sixth semi­fi­nal­ist to take the seat, vis­i­bly shaken with ex­cite­ment when her key started the car’s ig­ni­tion.

“This is such an ex­cit­ing time for us and I’m thrilled for Ann,” said Pres­i­dent and CEO of United Way of Lake County, Jennifer McCarty. “I’m also very thank­ful to Clas­sic Auto Group owner Jim Brown Jr. and his team at Clas­sic Toy­ota for wel­com­ing us here to­day and work­ing so gen­er­ously with us in the roll­out of the 2018 Toy­ota Corolla as one of our two fea­tured grand prize op­tions.”

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