Good Sunday morning, everyone! Last week we had the final drawing for our United Way Incentive Program Car Giveaway. It was an exciting event again this year, going all the way to the sixth candidate to get our winner.

What are the odds that a random drawing would play out the same way three years in a row?

This year our winner was Anthony “Tony” Musson, an employee of Mervis Industries, where he contributes to United Way yearly.

Tony chose to take the $20,000 in cash over the cars offered to him.

Gary Knight and Carmack Car Capitol make this a great event; Gary is a welcoming and gracious host; he really knows how to have fun. Jason Toellner and the other salesmen and staff also are very helpful and welcoming to us, especially since we are stopping all car sales and productivity for those few hours.

Tony walked away winning the big prize of the night, but the other five candidates didn’t leave empty handed. They were each given a $100 gift card to Meijer along with a United Way gift bag. Thank you, Cyndi Saylor and Meijer, for this donation each year.

There are several men and women I also want to thank for giving so much of their passion, time and vision to rejuvenate our local United Way campaign this year:

• Board Chair Dan Laughner; campaign co-chairs Chad Hays and Mary Surprenant; John Shane, Fred Faulstich, Jim Anderson, Pat O’Shaughnessy, Bob Randall, Jay Foster, Jeanne Mulvaney, Gardner Peck, Tom Neal, Dave Stone, Linda Ireland, Simphi Lenover, Amy Brown, Muff Rennick, Denise Crowder, Tom Chamberlain, Phil Muehl, Rick Rotramel, Curt Towne, T.J. Morris, Katie Osterbur, Teri Gaffney, Ryan O’Shaughnessy, Narcissus Rankin, John Hart, Jim Bailey, Stephanie Thomason, Michelle Campbell and Mark Stutsman.

These individuals along with the many business owners, human resource managers and CEOs who penciled us time to come in, to their already busy schedule, in order for us to raise funds to make our community a great place to live, work, play and raise a family, we THANK YOU!

I don’t care what anyone else says, I know great things are coming to this community. We have too many people fighting to change the image so many have of Danville. So many fighting to change the lives of those affected by drugs, alcohol, mental health issues, poverty and abuse.

“No matter the obstacles, no matter the odds. We surround our community’s most critical problems and we fight. Because change doesn’t happen alone. Hope isn’t a one-man band. We have one life. To live better, we must LIVE UNITED.”

Give. Advocate. Volunteer. Live United.

Sherri M. Askren is president of United Way of Danville Area, Inc., 28 W. North St., Danville, IL 61832. Phone: 442-3512

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