And the Lucky Winner is …
By Bob Woods
World News Writer
“I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I was in a state of shock,” said Margaret Stuhr (pronounced Stewer) from Summerfield, Fla. Margaret is the winner of a brand new Ginger Plan featuring 1,746 square foot under air home, valued at $220,000 in the Indigo East neighborhood by On Top of the World.
The HomeFreePrize drawing event took place at Circle Square Cultural Center on Thursday, Nov. 2. Over 400 folks were in attendance in hopes of winning a new home. The winning entry was one of over 2,300 drawn by an independent auditor from a rotating barrel.
Since Margaret was not present at the drawing event, Major/Planned Gifts Officer Rebecca Rogers from Hospice of Marion County called her by phone from the stage at Circle Square Cultural Center to give her the good news, with the entire crowd listening to every word. Margaret stated, “I had intended to be present at the drawing after an appointment but I left my raffle entry at home.”
After the good news, Margaret was so excited that she was up all night. “Everything was like a dream,” she stated. The next morning, she arrived at the new home sales center at On Top of the World and was taken to her new home for pictures and a grand tour. “It is such a beautiful house,” she said.
The HomeFreePrize drawing event started at 4 p.m. with music provided by 4-Play. At 4:30 p.m., Ford of Ocala and Village Ford, who had given away a free raffle entry to customers who purchased a new car at their dealerships during the HomeFreePrize construction period, presented a check to Chief Executive Officer Mary Ellen Poe of Hospice of Marion County in the amount of $24,500. Then President Kenneth Colen of On Top of the World Communities presented a check for $230,600 from the raffle entry sales. All of the proceeds from the HomeFreePrize raffle were donated to Hospice of Marion County.
After the donations, the band started playing again while all those in attendance enjoyed a barbecue buffet catered by Fresh Green Tomato Catering Company. The music continued while some folks danced.
The bewitching hour of 6 p.m. came as the anxious attendees were hoping the winning entry being drawn would be theirs.
Kenneth Colen gave a short speech stating that trade partners donated all the labor and materials for the construction of the HomeFreePrize house. The home was started and completed in four short months with the assistance of the 41 trade partners who made the dream of HomeFreePrize home a reality.
On Top of the World and Hospice of Marion County are grateful to all those who participated by purchasing raffle entries. They are also very grateful for all the sponsors