WHEELS WIN SUPPORTS HOSPICE
Niagara Hospice recently partnered for the third year with General Motors and Heinrich Chevrolet to raise money in support of hospice care in Niagara, Erie and Monroe counties through an annual Car Raffle. This year's prize was the North American Car of the Year, a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z-51.
The raffle drawing took place at the Niagara Hospice campus in Lockport, beneath the Dominic Lariccia Family Pavilion. A very special guest was invited to draw the ticket. Patrick Rummerfield is the world's first fully functioning recovered quadriplegic and an inspiration to thousands. A life-long Corvette enthusiast, Rummerfield suffered four crushed vertebrae in 1974 when he was in a Corvette car accident that left him a quadriplegic. He endured 17 years of physical therapy to get to his current condition. His full story can be found at www.rummerfield.com
Rummerfield said he was privileged to be part of the June 26 drawing for such a great cause. Henry Sadowski of the GM Professional Managers Network reported about $100,000 was raised from the sale of over 4,900 tickets. Sadowski said, "We sell tickets to our workers in Lockport, Tonawanda and Rochester. Then the proceeds get split among the hospice locations in all three counties."
The $62,000 Corvette was won by Niagara Hospice volunteer Rita McDonough of Lockport. McDonough now has the task of deciding whether to take the Corvette or $35,000 in cash.
Raffle organizers says next year's raffle will be just as exciting and urges people to get their tickets next spring. Watch the Event Calendar page at www.NiagaraHospice.org for details in 2015. For more information about the compassionate work and mission of Niagara Hospice visit the website or call 439-4417.