Photo Credit: Craig J. Orosz
While most of us in the Corvette community don’t take our Corvettes for granted, they are always around as part of our families and, like the family dog or cat, we sometimes tend to forget how really special they are.
Not so for Jonathan “Randy” Williamson of Bluffton, Ohio. On the day before Halloween, there were no tricks played on Randy, only a very special treat—he got the chance to live out his dream of a ride in a Corvette convertible. Fifty-five-year-old Williamson has been on dialysis for over 20 years and lives in Richland Manor, a senior living healthcare campus community. His passions are cars and music, and one of his fondest bucket-list items was to take a ride in a Corvette.
Fortunately for Randy, Richland Manor’s parent company, Trilogy Health Services LLC, along with the staff and resident family members fund a Live a Dream program that identifies and, where possible, grants special wishes and lifelong dreams to campus residents.
When Julie Nuss, the community service representative with Richland Manor heard of Williamson’s dream, she contacted the Tom Ahl Dealerships to see if Randy’s ride could be arranged. Randy was the first African American mechanic hired by Tom Ahl Dealerships many years ago and they were happy to do their part. Sales manager Tony Phillips showed up with a bright yellow 2010 Corvette Grand Sport convertible for Randy’s ride.
Williamson’s ride included a couple of bursts up to around 65 mph (all legal of course). Was he happy? “Man, this is just unbelievable, I’m telling you,” Williamson said. We think that’s a yes.
A big thumbs up from CorvetteBlogger to all of those who made Randy’s Live a Dream possible.
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