The Valerie Fund, New Jersey Franchised Automotive Retailers and 83 sweepstakes finalists attended the Gala. More than 40 vehicles (representing more than 25 brands) were on display for the finalists and other attendees to view, while also enjoying entertainment and food.
At 6:00, all 100 finalists gathered and names were chosen until only 10 names remain. Those individuals were brought to the stage and interviewed about which car they will choose, if they are one of the final two winners.
As the evening came to a close, a Valerie Fund child pulled two names and those two individuals chose the vehicle they want as a prize from among the dozens on display (the contest covers a retail value of $33,000). The other finalists also received consolation prizes.
The two Grand Prize Winners were Linda Drake of Lebanon, NJ, who recieved her voucher from Ditschman Flemington Ford, and Lynda McLean of Matawan, NJ, who recieved her voucher from Circle Chevorlet.