Champion Chevrolet back on board with Spirit Gala Raffle grand prize

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated Jan 3, 2018 at 9:06 PM

Mountain States Foundation’s annual Spirit Gala Raffle is coming up on Jan. 27 and for the 11th consecutive year Champion Chevrolet Cadillac is donating the raffle’s grand prize.

Raffle tickets are $50 and only 4,000 tickets can be sold. This year there are three brand new vehicles from Champion for the winner to choose from — a two-wheel drove 2017 Chevrolet Silverado Double Cab, a 2018 Cadillac ATS and a four-wheel drive 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.

Smaller cash prizes of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000, for the raffle’s first, second and third runners-up will also be awarded. And best of all, all of the raffle’s proceeds will go to Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

Last year’s raffle raised more than $98,000 for the hospital and the grand prize winner said she almost missed her chance to get in.

A pre-visit coordination representative for Mountain States Health Alliance, Terry McLemore said she put off buying her raffle ticket until just a few days before the gala and did it less for the chance of winning a new car than the chance to give the children’s hospital her support.

On the night of the gala, she hadn’t given the raffle a second thought and was home watching TV on the couch with her husband when someone called to give her the good news.

“I only bought one ticket and didn’t think I even stood a chance of winning a car. I just knew buying that ticket was donating to a good cause,” she recalled on the day when she went to Champion to pick up her family’s new Chevy Equinox.

It was the 10th year Champion had donated the gala’s grand prize and brought the dealership’s total raffle giveaway for the children’s hospital to six new cars and $100,000 in cash. Champion co-owner Andy Dietrich said the dealership is proud to be sponsoring the the raffle again this year.

“Our community is very fortunate to have a children’s hospital that can treat our kids locally where families don’t have to travel or be separated from one another for treatment. Helping raise money for such a great cause is one of the ways we give back,” he said.

For others who wish to help, raffle tickets may purchased online at the Mountain States Foundation website at www.mshafoundation.org or at Champion Chevrolet at 3606 Bristol Highway, Johnson City.

Gala tickets are also on sale and available at the foundation’s website or by calling the foundation office at 423-302-3131.

In addition to the raffle drawing, it’s an evening of good food, libations, live music and dancing, live and silent auctions and recognition of the foundation’s 2018 Spirit Award winner Don Raines — all set to a “roaring ’20s, Club Moxie” theme.

The gourmet dinner will be catered by Rivercreek Catering Company. Good Shot Judy, known as “Williamsburg, Virignia’s, finest jazz band,” will provide the music. And complimentary valet parking will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m at The Venue at the King Center, 300 E. Main St. in downtown Johnson City.

Prizes also will be awarded for the best 1920s attire. All the gala proceeds will go to another good cause — renovation of Johnson City Medical Center’s intensive care unit healing garden, a refuge for ICU visitors, caregivers and family members to pull their thoughts together and renew their strength during some of life’s most difficult moments.

For tickets or more information about the raffle or gala, visit www.mshafoundation.org or call the Mountain States Foundation at 423-302-3131.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538 or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605. Email Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com. Follow her on Twitter @sueleggjcpress. Like her on Facebook at facebook.com/sueleggjcpress.

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