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You Win...You Choose!
Volunteers and Staff Get 2008 Red Cross Car Raffle Underway
 
Date: February 15, 2008
Contact: Diane Concannon, Public Relations Director 609.951.2116; (cell) 609.206.4043
concannond@njredcross.org

February 13, 2008 -- American Red Cross of Central New Jersey volunteers and staff visit Volvo of Princeton in Lawrenceville to launch the annual Red Cross Car Raffle.


February 13, 2008 -- American Red Cross of Central New Jersey Committee members join other volunteers and staff at Volvo of Princeton in Lawrenceville to launch the annual Red Cross Car Raffle. (L-R) Raffle Chair Christopher Long; Chairman of the Board Robert Mooney; Associate Executive Director Sarah Mertz; volunteer Mary Chamberlin (of Princeton, seated in car); Chief Executive Officer Kevin Sullivan; and volunteers Karen Fagard (of Skillman), Bettie Greber (of Princeton Junction) and Nell Haughton (of Princeton).

PRINCETON, NJ, February 15, 2008 – Wednesday morning, volunteers and staff from the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey gathered at Volvo of Princeton to learn about the special features associated with Volvo’s sporty XC90 SUV, luxurious S80 sedan, and stylish C70 convertible. The three models are the selection offered in the 2008 Red Cross You Win… You Choose! Car Raffle. The lucky holder of the winning ticket drawn on June 2, 2008 will choose their preferred Volvo.

The annual fundraiser has become a major source of support for the local Red Cross chapter.

“Long Motor Company and Volvo Cars of North America give us a jumpstart with the generous donation of the prize vehicle for the raffle,” said Kevin Sullivan, CEO of the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey. “Now every $100 ticket purchased helps support Red Cross programs and services in our community,” he added.

Wednesday’s brief lesson at Volvo will assist Red Cross volunteers and staff as they sell tickets at venues scheduled throughout Central New Jersey over the next few months.

“We won’t be expected to know every detail about the cars, but now we’ll be able to give an overview of the raffle’s choices,” said Laura Pearson, Manager of Financial Development at the Red Cross chapter. She added, “I wasn’t aware that the C70’s hardtop retractable roof collapses into the trunk with the touch of a button! It was so cool.”

All proceeds from the raffle go directly to support the local programs and services of the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey. These services include response to local disasters, meals delivered to the elderly and homebound, emergency preparedness education, and lifesaving health and safety training. Last year’s raffle raised more than $135,000.

A maximum of 2,000 tickets will be sold. Ticket orders are available online at www.njredcross.org. Printable ticket order forms to fax or mail in are also available at www.njredcross.org. Raffle tickets can also be purchased at the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey’s Princeton and Flemington locations. Call 609-951-8550 for additional information.

Additional 2008 Red Cross Car Raffle sponsors include Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Sovereign Bank and Zurich Direct Underwriters.

The Central New Jersey Chapter serves the people of Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon and parts of Somerset counties, helping our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, 1,229 volunteers and 25 full or part-time employees helped the victims of 132 fires, floods and other disasters in Central New Jersey; trained 55,562 residents with First Aid, CPR or other lifesaving skills; delivered 45,456 nutritious meals to homebound and elderly; and provided care and support to 196 military families. Central New Jersey residents donated 14,647 pints of blood through the American Red Princeton Blood Donor Center or American Red Cross blood drives throughout our service area. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work. For more information on the programs and services of the Red Cross and to learn how you can get involved, visit www.njredcross.org or call 609-951-8550.

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