Justin Janes was the winner of the 2015 Chevy Silverado! Congratulations to Justin and to all of the finalists who took home $500.
Grand prize provided by the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association. The Drive It Home Raffle is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Missouri. Proceeds benefit SOMO’s 15,000 athletes who participate in sports year-round across the state.
Central Area – Ticket #082553
Justin Janes purchased his two tickets from Randy Boehm (former SOMO Board Member and Torch Run leader). He is attending the LETI Academy at Columbia’s MU campus where he hopes upon graduation to find a law enforcement job somewhere in Missouri. He is originally from Warrenton.
North Area – Ticket #045301
Greg Smith doesn’t remember how many tickets he purchased because he says they are always supporting worthy causes in the community. Greg is in outside sales with an engineering company in St Joseph. He purchased his winning ticket from SOMO athlete Cody Anderson. Greg has been involved in youth sports as a volunteer for years.
Southeast Area – Ticket #091421
Jim Ming purchased his book (10 tickets) from Mary Lou Hamman, who is on staff at SOMO. He has purchased tickets every year for at least 10 years never expecting to win. Jim is from Union and owns Ming Insurance which handles SOMO’s group insurance business. Jim will be represented at the giveaway by his son, Cody, who will be his proxy.
Southwest Area – Ticket #060288
Drew Elrod’s dad, Larry, purchased 15 tickets in Drew’s name. Larry is a longtime supporter of SOMO as a Board Member and Coach. They hail from the Carthage/Neosho area. Larry purchased the tickets from Robin Anderson, who is on staff at SOMO. If he wins, Drew will keep the truck, sell one of their cars and use the money towards a down payment on a new house for he and his wife, Stephanie, who will be Drew’s proxy for the giveaway.
Kansas City Area – Ticket #031238
Teresa Berry purchased her one ticket from long time Special Olympics coach, Gayla Boyd. Gayla has sold raffle tickets to support Special Olympics Missouri for years, but never had one of her tickets pulled. She is as excited as Teresa! Teresa never expected to win anything. Both work together in Butler.
St. Louis Area – Tickets #024203 & #093936
Jim Frain purchased his five tickets from Julie Long, of the O’Fallon Police Department. Julie and the O’Fallon PD have always sold raffle tickets; and this year they are excited to have a finalist. Jim lives in O’Fallon and is very busy in the community helping with planning and zoning, historic preservation, and most recently lead a successful campaign to raise money to build a new police station. He is known as the “grandpa” in his neighborhood. His grand-daughter loves trucks. If he wins, he’ll replace his beloved Chevy Blazer that has 250K miles on it.
Andrea Thomas is excited to be a finalist. She purchased her one ticket online from her friend, Dana Fulton, who works for the St. Louis County Police Department. Andrea works for St. Louis County Family Court. If she is the winner, this will be the first truck she’s ever had and she promises to put it to great use.
Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. SOMO exists to provide year-round sports and training opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and our athletes need you to get involved. Become a coach,volunteer, recruit a future athlete and learn how you can make a difference!