Cooper donates car for United Way raffle

A 2013 Ford Focus, donated by Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., will be the prize in a raffle to benefit United Way of Hancock County.
Cooper secured its first-ever contract to provide original equipment for passenger cars in the U.S. in early 2013 when the tire maker’s RS3-A tire was selected as original equipment for the Ford Focus Titanium and SE models.
The car being raffled was the first off the assembly line at the Ford Motor Co.’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, and was purchased by Cooper Tire as a piece of corporate history. It has been in storage since.
Tickets to win the vehicle are $10 and are available at Reineke Ford, 12000 County Road 99, and at Coffee Amici, 328 S. Main St. Tickets will also be on sale today at Car Tunes on Main, and at the Balloon Fest Aug. 9 at Emory Adams Park.
The winning ticket will be drawn at United Way of Hancock County’s annual campaign kick off celebration, which will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sept. 5 at Great Scot, 2021 Broad Ave.
All proceeds from raffle ticket sales will benefit United Way.
Roy Armes, Cooper’s chairman, chief executive officer and president, said Cooper is pleased to donate the car to facilitate additional community giving to support the United Way.
“The United Way is critical to maintaining and improving the quality of life in Hancock County,” Armes said.
“Celebrating our 100th anniversary is as much about supporting our community as it is about honoring our own legacy as a company. The mission of the United Way is to ‘measurably improve people’s lives,’ and the organization does a tremendous job providing safety net services to meet crisis needs, while also working on long-term solutions in the areas of education, income and health,” Armes said.

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