Tristan Holmes on the field at the Mizzou football game after the grand-prize giveaway.
Our sincere thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket for Special Olympics Drive it Home Raffle. Your support of this event directly benefits more than 15,300 athletes across the state. It is our pleasure to introduce you to our Area Finalists. The winner of the 2017 Honda Pilot Elite, donated by Missouri Automobile Dealers Association, was selected at the Grand Prize Giveaway Event at the Zimmer Tailgate party before the last Mizzou home game on November 11.
Grand Prize Winner
After three people tried their keys unsuccessfully, this young man step up to take his turn. He only purchased one ticket (#106981) and was thankful to be an area finalist. He never expected to select the winning key and was surprised when the key worked! As we stood on the sidelines before he went on the football field for the announcement, he shared that he was not sure what he was going to do with a brand new vehicle, but he was definitely planning to purchase a lottery ticket on the way home! Congrats to Tristan Holmes, from Piedmont MO (SE Area) who was the winner of the 2017 Honda Pilot Elite!
GAME DAY WINNER
Eric Vonce: Eric purchased four tickets from Amanda Castetter. He is from Tennessee (a Titan’s fan!) and was attending the game with some friends. He has volunteered for Special Olympics in the past and said that if he won the car, he would donate it back to Special Olympics! He is a true fan of our athletes!
Lt. Charles Boykin: Lt. Boykin purchased 20 tickets from Mr. Harn during a fundraiser at Culver’s that was held by the Military Police Regimental Association. Lt. Boykin has helped train prison guards, dog handlers and is currently with Ft. Leonard Wood and is responsible for police training. While he doesn’t have a connection to Special Olympics he believes in our mission and is thankful for the work that we do to support individuals with disabilities. If Lt. Boykin wins the Pilot, he plans to enjoy driving it.
Ticket #: 000699
Janice Rothganger: Janice purchased four tickets from Special Olympics staff member Melody Prawitz. She is very familiar with Special Olympics and our mission. Her sister was an athlete, her mom was a coach and she has known Melody for a long time. For about 15 years, Janice helped coordinate law enforcement torch run events in the area and participated in them as a member of law enforcement until she retired. She plans to replace her 10 year old car with the Honda Pilot Elite and drive the wheels off of it!
Ticket #: 088459
Tristan Holmes: Tristan purchased one ticket from George Bullock – a teacher at Clearwater High School during a high school basketball game. Tristan has a friend named Trenton who participates in Special Olympics sports and has won several medals in track and field events. Tristan hopes to volunteer at sporting events in the future. When asked what he would do with a new Honda Pilot Elite, he said that he really likes the car, and if we doesn’t win, he would probably purchase something like it one day.
Ticket #: 106981
Kevin McClellan: Kevin purchased 40 tickets from Monty Anderson. Kevin and his wife Debbie have participated in the World’s Largest Truck Convoy benefiting Special Olympics Missouri athletes for seven years. They believe in and enjoy supporting Special Olympics athletes! The Honda Pilot Elite will be a great addition to their collection of vehicles and they would enjoy driving it.
Ticket #: 103719
KANSAS CITY AREA
Mike Mallett: Mike purchased 10 tickets from Special Olympics staff member Laurie Shadoan. He is familiar with Special Olympics because of his connection to Laurie and this is the first time that he purchased tickets for the Drive it Home Raffle. His wife is a retired teacher and his daughter is a teacher. They have always focused their community support on helping children, especially those with disabilities. They are in the market to replace an older vehicle and the Honda Pilot Elite would be a great fit.
Ticket #: 069048
ST. LOUIS AREA
George Foster: George purchased 60 tickets from Mark Bussen, who is our top salesperson for the Drive it Home Raffle across the state! George purchases tickets from Mark every year and has been an area finalist in the past. Mark is a Special Olympics coach and holds holiday parties and annual picnics for his teams. George enjoys connecting with Special Olympics athletes at these events and is a true fan of our mission. He has been looking to purchase a new vehicle and would enjoy the Pilot if he is the winner!
Ticket #: 061948
Joyce Hill: Joyce purchased one ticket from Dana Fulton from St. Louis County Police Department. She works with Dana at St. Louis County Government Headquarters and has been with the County for 21 years. She believes in our mission and purchases tickets for the Drive it Home Raffle every year. When asked what she would do if she won the Honda Pilot Elite, she said: “I would drive it!”
Ticket #: 016804
Drive It Home Raffle made possible thanks to:
Thanks to our 2017 Raffle partners!
Rolling Hills Auto
Greater KC Public Safety Credit Union
Chop Tops Hair Company
Shop ‘n Save
Knights of Columbus
East Hills Shopping Center
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Mix 92.7/Cool 102.7 (Benne Media)
Columbia Access TV
Hyatt Regency Downtown at the Arch
Downtown Association (North Area)
Jackson KC Picnic
Don Wessel Honda of Springfield
Equine Assisted Therapy
RPM Car Care
St. Louis Special School District – Pattonville High School
Comprehensive Chiropractic & Sports Performance
Capital Plaza Hotel
Elks of Joplin
West County Honda
Ride -N- Drive Motorsports LLC
Golden Corral in North Area
Bliss Associates LLC