Last month, the winner of the 2018 Blue Ridge Public Radio Ticket To Ride Summer Raffle was selected at random and announced live, on the air. Michael Carlebach of Asheville couldn't believe his luck, but was absolutely delighted. He bought the ticket because he thought it was a fun way to support the station, but he didn't think he'd actually win.
Mike was still amazed at his good fortune when he came by the station to formally accept his prize. The staff showered him with congratulations, flowers, and of course the keys to his new car. But here's what we think is the best part - Mike and his wife Margot have previously donated two vehicles to Blue Ridge Public Radio. When they won, we [at BPR] thought that had to be 'carma' at work. And now that Mike is happily driving his sweet new ride, he's donating his old car to BPR's Vehicle Donation Program!
Congratulations Mike! And thanks to everyone who entered the raffle. Ticket purchases support the programming and reporting that you count on every day.
That's a happy ending for all of us. If you see Mike driving around town, be sure to congratulate him and thank him for supporting Blue Ridge Public Radio.