Cleveland, OH (March 3, 2013) – The excitement inside the I-X Center by the Cleveland Auto Show’s Official Vehicle Giveaway booth this afternoon was palpable. Twenty finalists had assembled for the Cleveland Auto Show’s Grand Finale: two Grand Prize drawings, one for a brand new 2014 Chevrolet Impala, and the other for a brand new 2013 Chevrolet Traverse. Both vehicles top of the line LTZ models; the Impala worth $36,580, the Traverse worth $41,285. Both vehicles were supplied by The Chevy Network, represented by Dan Sanders, Cleveland Auto Show Chairman from Progressive Chevrolet.
Each of the finalists was given a key. Each finalist would have to test that key.
In the end, only two people would walk away with a brand new vehicle.
Kelly Mazzulo of Macedonia, OH took home the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, and Tad Gayhart of Massillon, OH took home the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.
“This is absolutely unbelievable,” said Mazzulo, after her key fit the door of the Traverse. “I’ve never experienced anything like this and never won something so big in my life.”
“This just feels fantastic,” said Gayhart, after winning the Impala. “I have always been a Chevrolet fan, and I have always owned a Chevrolet. But I also really like the styling of the new Impala. So this really means a lot to me.”
“We were very fortunate this year to be able to offer two vehicles in separate Grand Prize drawings,” said Dan Sanders from Progressive Chevrolet. “It made our Grand Finale doubly exciting this year. Both the 2014 Impala and the 2013 Traverse are excellent vehicles. And because both are LTZ trim levels, they are absolutely top of the line.”
“There simply couldn’t be two better vehicles to offer as Grand Prizes of the Cleveland Auto Show’s Official Vehicle Giveaway contest,” said Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the Cleveland Auto Show. “With all the new vehicles that Chevrolet is introducing this year, they felt it was appropriate to offer two vehicles this year. The Cleveland Auto Show, our attendees, and our Grand Prize winners all benefited from Chevrolet’s decision to back the Official Vehicle Giveaway contest with two vehicles.”
In a separate drawing of finalists, Richard Kornblum of Eastlake, OH took home the First Prize, which was one year’s worth of free natural gas for the home, courtesy of IGS Energy.
“The free gas will definitely come in handy,” said Kornblum. “I heat my home with natural gas. It’s the only way to go.”
“All of us at the Cleveland Auto Show would like to extend our congratulations to Kelly Mazzulo, Tad Gayhart and Richard Kornblum, the winners of this year’s exciting Grand Finale,” added Vitantonio. “We would also like to thank all the Cleveland Auto Show attendees who came out and enjoyed the 2013 Cleveland Auto Show. We hope to see you all again next year.”
The Cleveland Auto Show ended its successful nine-day run this evening at 8 p.m. During the Show, attendees were able to see more than 1,000 pre-production and production vehicles in more than 1.2 million square-feet of exhibit space, and experience Ride-N-Drive events representing 14 brands and more than 60 different models.