Lucky mom wins new car

Dec. 07, 2012 @ 11:08 AM

Six was the lucky number Thursday for Gayle Austin at Vann York Toyota.
The door key numbered six opened a new red Honda Fit provided by the dealership for the United Way of Greater High Point’s annual Car Giveaway.
“I’ve won a few things over the years, but nothing like this,” said the Tennessee resident who works at Cross Company. “My 16-year-old daughter may be the one driving this car.”
About 4,000 United Way donors entered the drawing for the car. Ten finalists, including three High Point firefighters, had the opportunity get the lucky key. Austin picked the Fit from four different choices offered for the drawing. The new car will replace a 2008 Hyundai. Austin said she favors a blue car if she can get one.
“It will be good not to have car payments and a new car,” said Austin, whose husband works in Canada. “That means a lot.”
Car winners have to pay all applicable taxes, title and registration fees.
Vann York has teamed up for the 11th consecutive year with United Way to offer a new vehicle to someone who donates a “fair share” or more to United Way’s annual fund-raising campaign. A “fair share” is usually a small percentage of annual salary donated to the agency.
“I have given to United Way for some time,” Austin said. “I had to use their services from Red Cross once after a fire.”
The car giveaway encourages people to get their pledges in faster, according to United Way.
“This is our way as a family and a company of thanking High Point for all of our customers,” said Greg York, who is with the dealership. “This is a fun way of giving back.”

Car Giveaway Finalists 2012

Jose Miranda, Marsh Furniture
Orlando Craven, City of High Point, Fire Dept.
Shonda Layton, Steelcase
Lisa Vierling, City of High Point, Administration
Chris Wilson, Kao Specialties Americas
Andy Steed, City of High Point, Fire Dept.
Sandra Walls, NAPA
Frank Santora, City of High Point, Fire Dept.
Veronica King, Bank of America