Greenwood Chevrolet Rewards United Way Donor with New Vehicle

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Carol Michaels says she’s always had some sort of car payment.

That is until Thursday evening, when she selected a 2024 Chevrolet Trax instead of $15,000 cash as part of Greenwood Chevrolet’s Extra Mile Giveaway, a program in partnership with the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley and the United Way of Trumbull County.

Michaels was one of 10 finalists selected for the award.

There are five finalists from each United Way who are chosen at random. The finalists are then placed in a random order where they choose a key to start the Trax. On Match 13, Michaels was the next to last finalist to choose a key and, with a 50-50 chance, correctly chose the winning one. The event was televised at 7:30 p.m. March 20 on WYTV where she was given an opportunity to return Thursday and make her decision.

She officially selected the 2024 black trim Trax on Thursday at the dealership.

“I work for Campbell City Schools, and I’ve been donating over the past several years as part of their campaign,” she said.

To become eligible, one must make an annual donation of at least $260 during the year to either United Way branches. Michaels was among the five selected from Mahoning County.

Greg Greenwood, president of Greenwood Chevrolet, said he’s always happy when contestants choose the vehicle over cash. “It’s always cool when it plays forward and you get another car in the population,” he said.

Greenwood noted that the Trax is fast becoming the dealership’s best-selling vehicle, reminiscent of the Chevrolet Cruze. “Our job is to make that car sell every bit as well in that same sweet spot,” he said.

Bob Hannon, president of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, said the contest has continued for 12 years and has helped to boost donations for the organization.  

“It’s also a nice incentive to thank people for what they do for United Way, and we’re very appreciative of Greenwood to do this,” he said.

Among the other contestants were Pat Klingeman, Leah Merritt, Christopher Stickle and Tiffany Varney from Mahoning County; and Dani Burns, Phil Lammers, Mark Munno, Jamie Webber and Jennifer Williams from Trumbull County.

Pictured at top: From left are Bob Hannon, president of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley; Carol Michaels, contest winner; Sean Greenwood, service manager at Greenwood Chevrolet; and Greg Greenwood, president of Greenwood Chevrolet.

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