After over a year of selling tickets, and listening to countless hopefuls discuss how they knew… “that’s gonna be my car”, Local 701 is happy to announce that long time Local 2385 member, Tracy Jacobs of Fayettville, TN won the 2016 Camaro RS Convertible.
Local 701 began selling tickets in early 2015 to help offset the cost of the 2016 Grand Lodge Convention being held in Chicago this fall. “The Business Agents and Executive Board knew we needed to come up with something big,” said Sam Cicinelli, Directing Business Representative of Local 701, “We wanted to do a raffle that would draw a lot of attention yet still keep the odds reasonable which is why we only wanted to sell 5,000 tickets”
In addition to the first place 2016 Camaro RS Convertible which was donated in part by Hawk Chevrolet in Joliet,
Illinois, Local 701 also raffled off a second prize of $1,000 cash and a third place prize of a new iPad Air which was donated by The Law Offices of Capron & Avgerinos.
Local 701 drew the winning tickets at our regularly scheduled monthly membership meeting on August 3, 2016 in front of a packed house filled with anticipation. Knowing that not everyone would be able to attend the meeting, DBR Cicinelli had the communications department live stream the drawing both on YouTube and Facebook, each video has received thousands of views to date.
DBR Cicinelli attempted to call Tracy during the membership meeting to let her know that she won the car but our sister just happened to be at work during the drawing. It wasn’t until the next day when Tracy started receiving “congratulations” text messages from her friends that she realized she had won.
Tracy, who works in the brazing department at Daikin Industries in Tennessee, purchased her ticket while attending an Organizing class at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in southern Maryland last October. “It was the only ticket I bought.” said Tracy, still sounding like she was in shock when I interviewed her. Tracy went on to explain what had happened earlier that day.
It just so happened that Tracy was out running errands that morning when she returned to her car to find that an elderly woman had just backed into it. “The lady was really upset and shaken up by the whole thing.” explained Tracy, “I felt so bad for her and the damage on my car wasn’t that bad so I just told her not to worry about it and to have a nice day.” Another woman who witnessed the incident told Tracy “God bless you, you just paid it forward.” It would appear her good deed paid off!
Congratulations goes out to our second place winner Isabel Dukes of District Lodge 142 who won $1,000 cash and to Kory Kavanauch, a friend of a Local 701 member who won the third place iPad.
“A special thanks goes out to all who participated in the raffle, your assistance has helped us raise the funds needed for a successful convention.” said DBR Cicinelli, “And a huge thank you goes out to Hawk Chevrolet for donating half of the cost of the Camaro, and to Capron and Avgerinos for the donation of the iPad.”
You can view all the photos below of Tracy picking the car up at Hawk Chevrolet Joliet.