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$20 bucks gets Kilgore man a shiny new truck

By Carol McIntire

Darrin Reninger
Darrin Reninger (second from left) and with wife Vicki (left), accept the keys from United Way 2010 Annual Campaign Co-Chair Gail Sterling for the 2010 Ford F-150 truck he won in a raffle benefiting the United Way. (Photo courtesy of the United Way.)

When Darrin Reninger stuck a raffle ticket on the refrigerator at his Kilgore area home, his wife, Vickie, told him he had just wasted $20.

She didn’t know it at that time, but she was dead wrong.

Darrin, an employee of The Timken Company, purchased the ticket at work. The ticket was for a raffle the United Way of Greater Stark County was conducting for a 2010 Ford F-150 Extended Cab 4x4 truck.  “Timken is a big supporter of the United Way and they have had raffles before for motorcycles and other things,” Darrin said. “I don’t remember if I bought tickets, but the truck was something I was interested in and if I didn’t win, it was a donation for a good cause.”

Reninger said he didn’t think much about the possibility of winning, so when there was call from a representative of the United Way on his phone, he just figured they had gotten his name off the ticket and were asking for a donation.

After the third call, Vicki encouraged Darrin to return the call.

“I figured she was asking for another donation, but Vicki said I’d better call her back and at least find out,” he said. “When she said I won the truck, I couldn’t believe it!”

Darrin and Vicki picked up their new red truck before Christmas at Beaver Excavating in Canton, one of the sponsors of the event. The truck has an estimated value of $35,000. He was responsible for paying the taxes on the actual purchase price, which was $27,500. “I was glad to pay the tax,” he said. “This is the least I’ve ever paid for a new truck.”

His prize also includes one year of free car washes.

The raffle raised $32,168 for the United Way’s 2010 annual campaign with 1,894 tickets sold.

“The truck raffle raised awareness of the 2010 United Way Annual Campaign and engaged Stark County residents we would not have reached otherwise,” said Maria Heege, president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Stark County. “We were excited to present the truck to Mr. Reninger and thank our sponsors for their support.”

Sponsors included Aultman Health Foundation, The Beaver Excavating Company, Diebold Incorporated, Fitzgibbons Arnold and Co. and The Timken Company. The car wash prize is a collaboration of nine area car wash companies.

When asked what Vicki said when she heard the news, Darrin said, “Oh yea, she was happy then.”

Reninger said he has supported many fundraisers over the years, but this is the first time he has been a winner. “One ticket is all it takes,” he said. 

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