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Muransky Family, Last Cruze Drive United Way Fundraiser

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Bidding has already exceeded $12,000 for the last Chevrolet Cruze produced at the idled General Motors Lordstown Complex and would-be buyers have until May 10 at 9 p.m. to up the ante.

The vehicle was purchased by Ed Muransky and his family and proceeds from the sale will be donated the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. Bidding started yesterday at $5,000 and had rapidly rose to $12,000, according to reports. Online bids are accepted at BidPal.net/lastcruze.

The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and The Muransky Companies is one of four presenting sponsors that are helping the organization honor its past and celebrate its future.

“The United Way and employees at the GM Lordstown plant have a strong history,” said Ed Muransky, CEO of The Muransky Companies, at a press event Monday. “The employees have been dedicated donors and volunteers to the United Way cause for more than 50 years, and we wanted to honor that relationship by purchasing the last Chevy Cruze made by the hands of these men and women who so generously supported our community.”

Bob Hannon, president of the United Way Chapter, lauded the Muransky family for its “inspired and continued support of The United Way’s mission and the workers at the automobile plant.

“For more than half of our history, GM and the UAW have stood side by side with us,” Hannon said. “They have also made a significant impact in our Valley, and we are thankful for their commitment to our organization. We want to ensure them that their hard work and generosity will never be forgotten. We will continue to work tirelessly for our neighbors in need, especially the children.”

To bid on the last Chevy Cruze, go to bidpal.net/lastcruze and register. You must register with a credit card in order to bid. Final payment will be accepted by check or credit card.

The car will be on display at the Eastwood Mall in Niles through April 28. It will then be available for viewing through May 4 at Greenwood Chevrolet in Austintown and the following week at Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC in Boardman.

Bidding closes May 10 at 9 p.m. and the winner will be announced that night at United Way’s Centennial Champions Gala at The Lake Club in Poland.

Pictured at top: Greg Greenwood, Bob Hannon, Ed Muransky, Alexa Sweeney Blackann and Dave Green, president of Local 1112 of the United Auto Workers.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.