Drew Weiscopf, FOCH board, ZDD™ Project Coordinator; Jill Conner Browne; Batson patient Sydney Gholar; Jordan Willett, FOCH board; Donna Ransdell, digital marketing manager, Patty Peck Honda

Patty Peck Honda of Ridgeland announced today that they will give a third vehicle in as many years to Friends of Children’s Hospital (FOCH) for a raffle during the 3rd annual Fondren’s Zippity Doo Dah® Weekend this March. The contest, dubbed the Patty Peck Honda Doo Dah™ Day Blue Car Giveaway, will offer only 3,000 tickets at $25 each for a chance to win a 2012 Honda Civic EXL. The giveaway is slated for noon on March 23rd following the Color Me Rad 5k.

Donna Ransdell, digital marketing manager for the dealership says that participation in an event like this is a win-win. “We’re a business in community and you support your community,” she explains. “We can bring awareness by donating a car instead of just giving money and can help raise more money by making it part of an event. Everyone can contribute and have a chance to win.”

Last year’s winner, Judy Deleat of Forrest, hadn’t counted on having the winning key when she purchased her chance. “She didn’t buy it to win a car,” Ransdell said. “She, like most people, bought to help the charity. But when you do it from your heart, who knows what happens.” Ransdell says the greater purpose is to help Friends of Children’s Hospital and Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. “The children of the hospital are the real winners.”

The earlier you buy, the better chance you have to win. Melanie Schade, program coordinator for FOCH, says that five key drawings are held weekly prior to March 23rd. “If you don’t win a key, your name is placed back into the drawing for the next week,” Schade says. On Saturday, a sixth and final key will be drawn prior to the grand prize drawing of the top-of-the-line car with  moon roof, leather, Blue Tooth, alloy wheels and a rear spoiler.

Tickets are available online or by calling Melanie Schade at 601.984.5273 and in person at the cashier near the service department at Patty Peck Honda in Ridgeland. All proceeds benefit the Courtyard Renovation at Batson Children’s Hospital and the fundraising initiative of Friends of Children’s Hospital which is the new Children’s Heart Center.

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