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Family wins car for helping kids

January 27, 2012
Special to the Town Crier

Austintown residents Ron and Robin Brooks were presented with the keys to a 2012 Ford Focus on Tuesday, Jan. 17, for winning Eat'n Park's Caring for Kids Campaign, which raised funds for children's hospitals and children's charities in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

The Ford raffle generated more than $140,000 for the Caring for Kids Campaign, and the Brooks' winning ticket was selected from more than 70,000 tickets that were sold. A patient at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC selected the winning ticket on Dec. 14.

"Thanks to the generosity of the Neighborhood Ford Stores, Eat'n Park can help local children in need and reward one of our lucky guests who supported our Caring for Kids Campaign," says Trina DeMarco, Eat'n Park's director of corporate giving and community partnerships.

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Ron and Robin Brooks of Austintown picked up their new Ford Focus on Jan. 17 as the winners of Caring for Kids Campaign. Pictured are Kristen Crusan of Children's Hospital, Trina DeMarco of Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, Ron and Robin Brooks (the raffle winners), Joseph Thurby Jr. of the Neighborhood Ford Store, and Josh Brooks, son of the winners.

The Focus will replace the Brooks family's minivan that has clocked more than 250,000 miles. Ron Brooks will use the 2012 Focus for his weekly drives from Youngstown to The Cleveland Clinic, where he is receiving medical treatment.

The car was contributed by the Neighborhood Ford Store, which is comprised of 82 Ford dealers in southwest Pennsylvania, southeast Ohio, and the panhandles of Maryland and Virginia. The Neighborhood Ford Store also donated a new Ford for the previous year's Caring for Kids Campaign.

Since its inception in 1979, the Caring for Kids Campaign has raised more than $8 million, all to benefit children's hospitals in local communities. Through the 2011 campaign, Eat'n Park Hospitality Group raised a record high amount of $413,371.



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