HOLIDAY, Fla. – International children’s charity Kids Wish Network today announced that 68 year-old Vernon Grew from Houston, Texas, was named the grand prize winner of the 2012 Corvette Dream Giveaway, a nationwide drawing sponsored by the organization. Thousands of entries were received over the course of the Corvette (and previously announced Camaro) giveaway as a means of helping children in need. Money raised through the Dream Giveaway program allowed Kids Wish Network to award a total of $100,000 in grants to Camp Boggy Creek, in Eustis, Florida, and the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Kids Wish Network is a Tampa-based charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children who have experienced life-altering situations.
“We are so grateful that this contest allowed us to ultimately award $100,000 to two groups that are working, as we are, to improve the quality of life for children facing unspeakable illnesses,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella. “Our partnership with Dream Giveaway, which ends with the 2012 awards, has been an innovative opportunity to raise public awareness around the work that we do at Kids Wish Network. We will continue to explore new and strategic ways to educate the public about how they can help and get involved.”
Mr. Grew will be awarded both a 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe and a matching 2012 Corvette Stingray Coupe that has been upgraded by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering to 570hp. In addition, Mr. Grew will receive $45,000 cash to help pay the prize taxes.
Mr. Grew, a Vietnam veteran, is a quality manager for a aerospace manufacturing company. He entered the 2012 Corvette Dream Giveaway by making a $100 tax-deductible donation. A self described Corvette enthusiast, Mr. Grew always wanted to own a Corvette, “I have loved Corvettes my whole life. The 67’ Corvette Stingray Coupe is an awesome car and I am looking forward to driving it.” Mr. Grew decided to enter the 2012 Corvette Dream Giveaway after seeing an ad in Hemmings Motor News, “After seeing the ad I decided to make a donation to help the great cause and also take a shot at winning,” Mr Grew said.
Mr. Grew will receive the keys to both Stingray Coupe’s at the 2012 Corvette Dream Giveaway award ceremony on Friday, January 25, at Alternative Automotive Technologies in Troy, Michigan.
Camp Boggy Creek is a year round medical camp for children ages 7-16 who suffer from chronic or life-threatening illnesses. The camp was co-founded by actor/philanthropist Paul Newman and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf.
The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer’s mission is to erase the effects of pediatric cancer and optimize each child’s quality of life through essential specialized intervention beginning at the time of diagnosis and continuing throughout survivorship.
Kids Wish Network and Dream Giveaway are grateful to everyone that entered and would especially like to thank the following promotional partners for their support: Lingenfelter Performance Engineering for creating the 570hp Stingray Coupe, Corvette Central, Paragon Corvette Reproductions, Zip Products, Volunteer Vette Products, Corvettes of Houston, Original Auto Parts, Legendary Auto Interiors, Carlisle Events, Davies Corvette, and Heidebreicht Chevrolet.
For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit www.kidswishnetwork.org.