Oprah Beetle Winners Cruise Back Into Chicago
Sixty Volkswagen Beetle Recipients Reunite to Perform Acts of
Kindness in Celebration of the Beetle Giveaway From the "Ultimate
Favorite Things" Episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2010
HERNDON, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/08/12 -- Volkswagen of America
(VWoA) is pleased to support a dedicated group of sixty proud 2012
Beetle owners who are returning to Chicago this weekend to donate
their time and services to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
of Chicago and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.
Nearly two years after Oprah Winfrey surprised them with the keys to
an automotive icon on her show, the Volkswagen Beetle winners
continue to be a tightly knit group. More than 100 of the 315
recipients joined a Facebook group with the intention of collectively
taking their good fortune and paying it forward.
"The Volkswagen Beetle arrived during an especially trying time for
many of us," said Kristy Cikowski, 2012 Beetle recipient and teacher
at River Valley School in Lemont, IL. "We may not be able to donate a
car or a million dollars, but we can donate our time and our smiles
to some of those people who are struggling out there. As a group, we
understand just how touching it can be when somebody lends you a
This Friday, the volunteers will load more than fifty care packages
into a fleet of Volkswagen Beetles, all headed to a pajama party in
the oncology wing of Lurie Children's. After delivering the backpacks
filled with donated toys and books, the group will settle in to help
the kids decorate pillowcases, play board games with them, and read
to them during story time.
The acts of kindness will continue Saturday as the volunteers deliver
much needed supplies to the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. From
winter hats to toothpaste, the group will provide requested
essentials to help comfort the recovering veterans.
In addition to the scheduled hospital visits, the volunteers will
break into smaller groups each afternoon to perform random acts of
kindness throughout the city.
Inspired by the generosity of the Beetle giveaway recipients,
Volkswagen of America will also donate $2500 each to Lurie Children's
and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.
"We couldn't be happier to see that the 2012 Beetle
has inspired our
fans to pay it forward," said Tim Mahoney, Chief Product and
Marketing Officer, Volkswagen of America. "We have always applauded
the generosity and enthusiasm of our fans and with activities like
this, their drive to make a difference never ceases to make us
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About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of
America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a
subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Volkswagen's operations in the United States include research and
development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution
centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service
centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in
Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest
producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker.
Volkswagen sells the Beetle, Eos, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta
SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan vehicles through
approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of
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