Jim Thorpe resident Denise Green never thought two tickets she bought to benefit the Tamaqua Area Baseball Association (TABA) would result in her being the lucky winner of a 2013 Chevy Malibu from Fairway Chevrolet.
"I bought two tickets from my sister's boys, John and Patrick Burns, who both were selling these tickets to benefit the Tamaqua Area Baseball Association," said Green. "I was in disbelief when someone called me and said I won a new Chevy Malibu."
Fairway Chevrolet, located along SR309, in Hazleton was the proud sponsor of this year's grand prize car out of about 35,000 tickets sold.
"Now in the sixth year, Chevy Youth Baseball is a grassroots initiative that establishes a positive relationship between local dealers and the communities we serve," said Jim Corazza, owner of Fairway Motors in Hazleton. "Chevy dealers sponsor our local youth baseball leagues as a part of Chevrolet's nationwide commitment to support youth sports, one community at a time."
Each sponsored league can take part in the "Chevy Youth Baseball Double Play Giveaway"," which is a league-fundraising program involving many prizes, as well as providing youth clinics with a local professional baseball team.
The 2012 program provided assistance to over 360 youth leagues in the Northeastern Region and Chevrolet dealers and contributed over $600,000 in monetary and equipment donations.
"It was great to see somebody locally win," added Corazza.
"Our Tamaqua Little League and Tamaqua Area Baseball Association are very grateful for all the 1,100 tickets purchased by people who entered the contest in support of our league," said Cy Rother, Vice President, TABA. "In all, the sale of the tickets helped our league raise about $5,500 in donations."
In addition, Green, who will be giving her current Chevy Cobalt to her daughter, was able to choose her own color (taupe grey metallic), trim levels, and options for her new Malibu.