"We love to be able to give back to the community, you know, the community that gives to us. We love to be able to help out especially if there are kids involved, we like to help out even more."
-Brad Follensbee, White's Mountain Motors
One lucky man is driving home a brand new car today after it was donated in a raffle by a local Casper car dealership. White's Mountain Motors management donated a car to help raise money for a group of Natrona County High School students. The group won a trip to perform at Carnegie Hall in April and need help getting to New York.
Ticket sales in a raffle for a brand new car began the day after Christmas. Brad Follensbee, Manager at White's Mountain Motors, says "we love to be able to give back to the community, you know, the community that gives to us. We love to be able to help out especially if there are kids involved, we like to help out even more."
However, the trip is quite expensive to say the least; costing about $1300 per student. Follensbee says. "we haven't done a giveaway of a car in quite a while, but we do little sponsorships here and there for the community and try to give back anytime that we can."
And although the car raffle was a huge success in helping the students get to Carnegie Hall, they can still use a little more help. Follensbee says, "they raised tens of thousands of dollars for this trip for them to go to Carnegie Hall. But they're still a little bit short, so they can use any sponsorship or help out."
Eric souza won the new car and coincidentally his daughter is one of the students looking to go to New York this April. He says his wife is also looking forward to being a chaperone on the trip. And after buying about $800 dollars worth of tickets for the new car, he says the car wasn't the main reason for buying the tickets. His wife has been suffering from melanoma for the past few years, and being able to go on this trip with her daughter means everything to her.
We all wish the NCHS group of students good luck and have a great trip to Carnegie Hall. If you would like to help the students travel for the performance of a lifetime, donations are welcome at Reliant Federal Credit Union.
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