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Pennington Man Drives Off the Lot with a Free Volvo
Lucky Red Cross "You Win...You Choose" Car Raffle Winner Makes His Choice
 
Date: August 14, 2008
Contact: Diane Concannon, 609.951.2116; (cell) 609.206.4043
concannond@njredcross.org

PRINCETON, NJ, August 14, 2008 – Jim Harton of Pennington was attending a business dinner in Washington, DC on June 2nd when he received a phone call from his wife Courtney at home in New Jersey.

August 14, 2008 – 2008 Red Cross You Win...You Choose! Car Raffle winner Jim Harton of Pennington (standing far left) and his wife Courtney Harton (seated in car) get ready to drive away in their brand new Volvo C70, generously donated for the raffle by Long Motor Company. The keys were presented by American Red Cross of Central New Jersey CEO Kevin Sullivan (far right) and Christopher Long at Volvo of Princeton, a dealership of Long Motor Company.

“It was loud in the restaurant and difficult to hear what she was saying, but then I was able to make out the words ‘I think you won a Volvo!’ through her excitement,” said Mr. Harton. “I was surprised,” he added. “It’s not exactly the type of phone call you receive every day.”

Jim Harton was the holder of lucky winning ticket #0913 in the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey’s 2008 You Win...You Choose! Car Raffle. The raffle, offering the winner his or her choice of brand new Volvo -- the S80 luxury sedan, the stylish C70 convertible, or the sporty XC90 SUV -- is made possible through the generous donation of the chosen vehicle by the Long Motor Company.

Jim’s choice, with a little helpful advice from his wife, was the Volvo C70 convertible. David Long and Christopher Long of Long Motor Company presented the Hartons with the keys this afternoon at the Volvo of Princeton dealership on Route 1.

This year’s Red Cross Car Raffle raised over $141,000 for local Red Cross programs and services, including the School Safety Initiative which brings the life saving skills of Red Cross First Aid and CPR to students of all ages at inner-city schools in Central New Jersey.

Mr. Harton is a strong supporter of the local Red Cross chapter in Central New Jersey. He is a dedicated blood donor at the Red Cross Blood Donor Center in Princeton and has purchased car raffle tickets for several years.

“I’m very happy for Jim and Courtney and I’m grateful for their participation and commitment to their local Red Cross Chapter,” said American Red Cross of Central New Jersey CEO Kevin Sullivan. “I’m also extremely grateful for the show of community support and commitment to community safety by Long Motor Company and Volvo,” he added. “Their years of continued support with the car raffle have helped raise over one million dollars for Red Cross services in Central New Jersey.”

The American Red Cross of Central New Jersey 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 765 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 45,576 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 Red Cross Blood Donor Center in Princeton or American Red Cross blood drives throughout our service area. The American 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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