That’s the amount of money that New Orleans resident John Wilson donated for tickets in last year’s Corvette Dream Giveaway. The Dream Giveaway Garage hosted the winner at the Grand Prize Award Celebration on Friday, February 3rd in St. Petersburg, Florida and that’s where he saw his two new rides for the first time.
Waiting for John in the Dream Garage was the 1965 Corvette with a 390/425 V8 and the Ken Lingenfelter Signature Edition 2016 Corvette Z06. Both Corvettes are dressed in Black with Red interiors and John also accepted a check for $50,000 which will go to help paying the taxes for the prize winnings.
John tells us that he’s been buying tickets in the Dream Giveaway for years and will usually donate around $50 each to several of the annual Dream Garage giveaways. He’s a fan of classic and exotic cars and once purchased a new 1977 Corvette.
Seeing his new Corvettes for the first time, John says “I think it’s wonderful, a dream come true…literally. It’s fantastic to be able to participate in this charity event that I’ve been in for 10 years now. And it shows you that you can win something that you’ve contributed to. It’s a good cause and it’s very exciting. It really is.”
The 2016 Corvette Dream Giveaway was a charity fundraiser hosted for the New Beginning Children’s Home, along with several other charities which include Disabled American Veterans, National Guard Educational Foundation, Smile Network International, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Bright Pink and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.
Several special guests were also on hand to witness the award celebration. Ken Lingenfelter from Lingenfelter Performance Engineering talked about the long-term relationship in working with the Dream Giveaway and Corvette expert Walt Thune was there to talk about the 1965 Corvette. Several Corvette clubs also turned out for the event as well.
Here is the video from the 2016 Corvette Dream Giveaway’s Grand Prize Award Celebration:
The Corvette Dream Giveaway will be back in 2017. Although it has yet to announce the grand prizes officially, we can tell you the cars for this year’s charity raffle will be a 1963 Corvette Coupe and a Lingenfelter 2017 Corvette Z06.
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