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The Suburbanite
  • Springfield car giveaway winner announced

  • On Saturday, Oct. 23 the excitement mounted as Springfield High School athletic teams, cheerleaders, Spartan marching band and families gathered at VanDevere Chevrolet on Vernon Odom Blvd. to find out which lucky person would win a 2010 Kia Rio. The Athletic Boosters have been selling tickets for months and many have anticipated learning who would drive away in the new car.

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  • On Saturday, Oct. 23 the excitement mounted as Springfield High School athletic teams, cheerleaders, Spartan marching band and families gathered at VanDevere Chevrolet on Vernon Odom Blvd. to find out which lucky person would win a 2010 Kia Rio. The Athletic Boosters have been selling tickets for months and many have anticipated learning who would drive away in the new car.
    The VanDevere Bunch provided the school, as well as nine others schools, with Rio to raffle off as a fundraiser. The program is called Thrive and Drive.
    “It is a way to give back locally,” said Jerry VanDevere. “Our goal is for the schools to collectively earn a half of million dollars.” He also stated the schools have worked hard to sell the tickets for their individual projects and they are hopeful that this will do a lot of good for the communities.
    With a drum roll from the drum line of the Spartan band the name was pulled by cheerleader, Abigail Dean and the winner of the Kia, out of over 1600 tickets sold, was announced by Athletic Director for SHS, Kevin Vaughn. Vaughn laughed as he said it was no relation and announced the winner was Chris Vaughn. The ticket was sold by student Ryan Vaughn, an athlete at Spring Hill. The winner was not present. Other prizes awarded were a flat screen TV and $250.
     Springfield Booster Club President Karla Shackelford said the proceeds of the sale were $16,860 and they will be used for the Community All Weather Track and Stadium Project. 
    “It is called the Community All Weather Track because we want to bring the community in on it and it will be open for the public to walk on,” she said.
    Vaughn spoke to the crowd thanking the band, cheerleaders and all who came out for the event. He explained that they are going to try to have the track installed by the time the new school is built.
    “We are very fortunate to have this opportunity and the community is really going to benefit from it,” he said and thanked the VanDeveres.
    All schools submitted proposals to VanDevere stating what they would use the money for and information on their projects. Springfield was chosen as well as Coventry.
    Mike VanDevere said traditionally they have given money to those overseas that were in need.
    “This year we tried to figure a way to give back to our community,” he said. “As a group, we decided to give away 10 cars and give them to 10 schools to raffle off hoping to give back a half of million to the communities.”
    “Our grandfather began this business over 60 years ago and he taught us that it is important to treat people the way you want to be treated, that you are to do the right thing whether someone is watching or not and to tell the truth. That is how we do business here and they are great values for all of us to live by,” said Mike.
    Page 2 of 2 - The VanDevere Bunch has several dealerships in the Akron area including Kia, Chevrolet, Buick and a used car location.
    The top seller was Andrew Hofer who received $100. VanDevere provided T-shirts for all who attended.