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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Winning raffle ticket a godsend for MSHA team member
A really big check (left to right): Tim Copenhaver and Andy Dietrich, Champion Chevrolet Cadillac owners; Page Ayers; Dr. Mickey Spivey, Champion owner; and Pat Holtsclaw, Mountain States Foundation president.

Winning raffle ticket a godsend for MSHA team member

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – With her dad recovering from bladder cancer, Johnson City’s Page Ayers decided to buy a $50 Spirit Gala Raffle ticket to help fight the disease.

 It was a good deed that paid off in a big way when Ayers won $25,000.

 The raffle is sponsored by Mountain States Foundation and Champion Chevrolet Cadillac and benefits Mountain States Pediatric Radiation Oncology Services. The winner had the choice of the cash or one of three new Champion vehicles, and Ayers chose the money.

 “My dad having cancer has been a real financial strain on my parents, and now I can help them with that,” Ayers said. “This is going to help get them back on track.

 “God had to have a hand in this. I don’t think it would be possible otherwise. It makes me speechless; I’m so happy to be able to help my family!” 

 Ayers works for Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) as an imaging specialist. Mountain States Foundation is the fundraising arm of MSHA, and this year’s Spirit Gala Raffle benefits Mountain States Pediatric Radiation Oncology Services.

 Champion Chevrolet Cadillac offered prize options of a 2013 Cadillac SRX, a 2013 Camaro, a 2013 Silverado or $25,000 cash. Ayers had never bought a ticket to the Spirit Gala Raffle before and almost didn’t go through with it.

 “I was thinking, ‘Can I really afford a ticket?’ ” she said. “When I bought one, I was thinking there was absolutely no way I was going to win.

 “Then when I got the call, I about fell on the floor. I still keep waiting for somebody to tell me it’s a mistake!”

 Mountain States Foundation president Pat Holtsclaw was present to help Champion owners Andy Dietrich, Tim Copenhaver and Dr. Mickey Spivey present the $25,000 check to Ayers.

 “Champion has been an amazing partner for Mountain States Health Alliance, and dramatically impacted health care for children in this region,” Holtsclaw said. “We’re so grateful to them, and we want to thank everyone who bought a ticket and all those who helped us sell tickets.”

 This is the sixth year Champion Chevrolet Cadillac has donated the raffle prize, helping the Foundation raise more than $500,000 over that span. Spivey said his dealership loves to help causes that benefit children, and pediatric oncology services fit the bill perfectly.

 “We’re honored to be a part of this,” he said. “We strongly support the mission of the children’s hospital. And it truly is special to have someone like this win it.”

 The Mountain States Foundation’s annual Spirit Gala was held Jan. 26 at The Millennium Centre and benefits radiation oncology services. The theme was “Fire & Ice” and the event included an elegant dinner, silent and live auctions, live music by the bands Unlimited and The Barleymen and entertainment by Asheville Aerial Arts, the recognition of Clem Wilkes Jr. as the 2013 Spirit Award recipient, and the drawing of the raffle prize winner.

 For more information, contact Mountain States Foundation at 423-302-3131.