Eugene Norris Wins the 2018 Chevy Equinox LS

August 13, 2018
by Laura Lytle

Congratulations to David Coyne of Mentor OH, the winner of the 25th Lake County YMCA Dream House located in Mentor. Additionally, Eugene Norris of Akron, OH won the 2018 Chevy Equinox LS.

“When I turned the key I was shocked. I am so happy for us, my family, that I won today,” said David Coyne. It is not yet decided if David will take the 2018 Dream House and its furnishings or choose the $275,000 cash prize. David is 87 years old and a longtime member of the Y which he still goes to every morning.

John McCurdy of Classic Chevrolet of Mentor, who assisted participants in the drawing for the 2018 Chevy Equinox LS said, “On behalf of our owner, Jim Brown Jr, and CFO Larry Villines, we’re pleased to be involved with the YMCA Dream House for the fifth year with a car give-away and celebrate in the projects 25th anniversary."

Eugene Norris, a pastor in Akron, was unable to attend the drawing today so Lake County Y Board member Richard Grier was the person to draw the winning car key for him. Eugene was one of the 20 semifinalists for the 2017 Y Dream House and upon learning he was a finalist earlier this week said, “I just think I am destined to win since I’ve been picked two years in a row.” Ironically he did win the 2018 Chevy Equinox.

Dick Bennett, Lake County Y Executive Director began the afternoon with a few comments including talking about how some of the proceeds from the Dream House project have supported critical programs to improve lives of Y members and others in the community. He cited the new Y swim program that was offered free to more than 200 Painesville City School 2nd grade students. These students were able to take a one week swim class that taught them how to be safer in and around water and as a result helped them overcome any fears and become more confident swimmers.

“With a wowing record number of tickets sold for the Y Dream House, we are thankful for the community’s support this year. We especially want to thank our major sponsors for a successful 2018 Dream House, including JEMM Construction, WKYC-TV3, The Chevy Network/Classic Chevrolet, Guhde Flooring, iheartradio and McCaskey Landscaping,” said Dick Fraser, Chair of the YMCA Dream House Steering Committee.

“The Y reinvests every dollar raised from the Dream House back into the community by enhancing our programs and facilities which allows us to accomplish our mission. It is not yet determined how proceeds from the 2018 Dream House will be used, but each of the Lake County Y branches are beginning to determine what enhancements they can make to best meet the needs of their members,” added Dick Bennett.

Since 1993, proceeds from the Dream House project have exceeded $5 million (approximately $200,000 per year) for program and facility enhancements that allow the Y to engage children, families and seniors in diverse programs at each Lake County YMCA branch (Central Y-Painesville, West End Y-Willoughby, East End Y-Madison, and the Outdoor Family Center).

Watch the final drawing with Facebook Live:  https://www.facebook.com/LakeCountyY/videos/1068200230009162/