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Cleveland woman will drive home the Nassief Auto Family Donate to Win car

AUSTINBURG TOWNSHIP - Four months of giving concluded on Saturday afternoon with a Cleveland area woman winning a brand new Honda Civic at the conclusion of the Nassief Auto Family Donate to Win event.

Vicky Vargo, of Cleveland, was the 12th person to turn a key in the ignition of the new car when the noise of an engine starting permeated the new dealership.

An excited Vargo said she donated about 12 bags to Goodwill and bought a pair of sweat pants never thinking she might win, Vargo said. "I've never done anything like this before," she said while trying to compose herself.

Vargo said she wore the sweat pants for good luck.

Vargo said she believes she will keep the Honda Civic, but said she hadn't thought much about it because she didn't think she would win. "It's a nice car," she said of the vehicle equipped with an automatic transmission, backup camera, Bluetooth, a five color LCD screen, security system and more.

Vargo hugged a friend and joked with her family after the car turned over.

She was not the only winner of the day as three local non-profit organizations have been receiving the bounty of the program for five years.

Ashtabula County Animal Protective League Vice President Irene Fiala said the efforts of the dealership and the public have really helped the APL, 

"You don't realize the difference you make," said Diane

Bradbury, executive director of the

Ashtabula County Food Bank which provides food and essentials to 16 food pantries,

soup kitchens and shelters in Ashtabula County.

Goodwill Executive Director Eric Schwarz said the donations help provide funds to keep people working through the winter. "We convert the donations into funds to pay for programs," Schwarz said of the program that helps people with "employment barriers" enter the workforce.

"The local community donated 53,000

bags over the four months," said Marybeth Nassief who operates the Jefferson auto

dealership while her brother Todd Nassief operates the recently completed Austinburg Township dealership. She said the family

likes to see money stay in the area to help

local families and animals.

Each bag donated to the three organizations was translated into one ticket for a drawing that was held recently to cut the field down to 18 finalists. The finalists all were placed into a numerical order to pick their keys from a board by the time they arrived on site.

Many of the contestants expressed excitement when entering the car and visible disappointment when their keys did not start the car, but all received prizes for getting to the finals, Marybeth Nassief said

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