CLEARWATER, Fla. – Postal worker Gary Burrell of Baltimore, Md. was recently announced as the winner of the 2011 Corvette Dream Giveaway to benefit Kids Wish Network, through which he will be presented with both a classic 1963 Split Window Corvette Coupe and a one-of-a-kind 2011 Hero Edition Corvette ZR1 along with $50,000 in cash to use toward taxes on the cars.
When Gary Burrell of Baltimore woke up on Friday the 13th, he may not have been expecting a terribly unlucky day, but he certainly was not expecting to have the amazing day he ended up experiencing. Although his morning started out normally in his job as a postal worker, he received a call in the afternoon that would change his life.
The seemingly innocuous phone call started with the caller asking Mr. Burrell if he had entered the 2011 Corvette Dream Giveaway, to which he responded that he had. On December 13th, Mr. Burrell made a $100 tax-deductible donation to national children’s charity Kids Wish Network after seeing advertisements for the Giveaway in various car magazines.
“In my spare time I enjoy reading car magazines as well as watching sports,” he said. “When I saw the ad for the 2011 Corvette Dream Giveaway, I thought I would enter and take a chance at winning.”
Now in its third year, the Corvette Dream Giveaway supports Kids Wish Network’s unique Hero of the Month program, which benefits thousands of children facing unfortunate circumstances and are in the care of hospitals, shelters and other care facilities nationwide. Through this program, young “Heroes” from these facilities are recognized and awarded each month for their bravery and courage in dealing with traumatic life-altering situations such as illnesses, homelessness or abuse.
“I knew even if I didn’t win, I would still be helping out a great cause,” said Mr. Burrell. “I like donating to charities and will continue to donate in the future.”
When the caller announced that Mr. Burrell was, in fact, the randomly selected winner out of thousands of entries for the 2011 Corvette Dream Giveaway, he was astonished into disbelief:
“I was both shocked and excited. It was hard to believe at first, but it is finally starting to sink in that this is really true.”
Both the 1963 Split Window Corvette Coupe and the one-of-a-kind 2011 Corvette Hero Edition ZR1, along with $50,000 in cash to help with the taxes, will be presented to Mr. Burrell during a special ceremony in Michigan later this year.
For both Mr. Burrell and the children for whom the proceeds from the popular Corvette Dream Giveaway will benefit, Friday, January 13th proved to be a very lucky day indeed.
Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org
Corvette Dream Giveaway is a sweepstakes to benefit the children served by Kids Wish Network’s Hero program. For more information on the Corvette Dream Giveaway, visit their website at www.winthevettes.com
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