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First vehicle giveaway winner announced

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Mar 3, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Jamie Hodgkinson of North Ridgeville made Cleveland automotive history on Saturday. After registering for the Cleveland Auto Show’s Car-A-Day Giveaway, Hodgkinson’s name was chosen to win a free two-year lease of her choice of either a 2014 Buick Verano or 2014 GMC Terrain.

(NOTE: To see pictures from Saturday, click HERE.)

The Cleveland Auto Show and the Northern Ohio Buick GMC dealers are sponsoring the Car-A-Day Vehicle Giveaway this year, with nine winners chosen during the course of the show, one for each day the show is open. One winner is selected at the end of the show each day. The Cleveland Auto Show opened Saturday and runs through Sunday, March 9 at the I-X Center in Cleveland.

“The Car-A-Day Giveaway is a first for the Cleveland Auto Show,” says Louis A. Vitantonio, President of the Cleveland Auto Show. “We have never given away more than two vehicles, let alone nine for a single show. I’d like to congratulate Jamie for being the first winner for the historic Car-A-Day Vehicle Giveaway.

“With nine winners being selected, one for each day the show is open, your chances of winning increase dramatically,” says Ed Babcock, Chairman of the Cleveland Auto Show and owner of the Junction Auto Family Dealerships in Chardon. “You now have eight days left to register to win.

“These are two of the finest and best-selling vehicles in the Buick/GMC lineup. Offering the winner of their choice of either the Verano or Terrain adds a new dimension to the contest as well.”

In addition to the nine Grand Prize winners selected each day of the show, on the last day, one lucky First Prize winner will be chosen to receive one year’s worth of natural gas service for the home or the cash value of $2,000 courtesy of IGS Energy.

To register to win, visit the Official Free Car Giveaway booth at the Cleveland Auto Show. Mail-in entries will also be accepted. Please send mail in entries to: Auto Show Official Car Giveaway; 10100 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, OH 44141.

Several local celebrities will be on hand at the show tonight.

From 6 to 8 p.m. today, Cleveland Cavalier and NBA All-Star Game MVP Kyrie Irving visits Buick/GMC Display, near the North Wall of the I-X Center. Irving will meet and greet fans and sign autographs.

Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine, Quarterback Brian Hoyer and Browns Legend Bernie Kosar will be in the Ford Display from 6 to 8 this evening. The trio will meet and greet fans and sign autographs.

Cleveland football legends Hanford Dixon, Doug Dieken, Kevin Mack, Dick Ambrose and Al “Bubba” Baker sign autographs at the Honda Display from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cleveland Browns Barkevious Mingo and John Hughes visit the Ford Display and sign autographs from 6 to 8 p.m.

Richard Rawlings of the Gas Monkey Garage visits from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Show hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $13 for adults and $11 for seniors aged 62 and older and preteens aged 7 to 12. Children ages 6 and under get in free. Parking is also free, courtesy of area franchised new motor vehicle dealers. For more information or to purchase tickets online, head to www.clevelandautoshow.com. With e-tickets, you’ll avoid box office lines and pay no convenience fees, courtesy of Huntington Bank.

The Cleveland Auto Show, presented by AutoTrader.com and Medical Mutual, marks the start of the spring selling season in Northeast Ohio. Featuring concept, pre-production and production vehicles from the world’s auto manufacturers, the show is held annually at the I-X Center with nearly 1.2 million square feet of exhibits. The Show also features an array of entertainment including sports celebrity appearances from the Browns, Cavs, and OSU. The Cleveland Auto Show is a consumer show and a favorite family tradition since 1903.

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