Category Archives: Thrive And Drive

The VanDevere Bunch Thrive & Drive Program

VanDevere Inc. continues to established a partnership with local area schools and organizations for the VanDevere Thrive & Drive Program. This partnership is a way in which VanDevere can make a contribution to our local communities. Our goal is to raise money through this effort for the children and families of our community. We are teaming up with these local schools and organizations to donate a brand new Chevrolet or Kia vehicle to be used in a raffle to generate funds for a specific school project to be determined by each school.

The funds generated benefit these school and organizations directly by providing supplies, upgrades, renovations, improvements, and scholarship funds and assistance to name just a few. VanDevere would like to thank everyone who makes Thrive & Drive a success in helping these schools and organizations year after year.

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Thrive & Drive: Knights Of Columbus St. Sebastian Church – Sonic Pickup

The VanDevere Bunch’s Thrive & Drive Program just delivered a brand new Chevrolet Sonic to Knights Of Columbus St. Sebastian Parish of Akron Ohio. This organization will sell raffle tickets giving people the chance to win this brand new car. Proceeds will be used for scholarships, parish seminarians, tuition support, and general charitable activities. You can support this organization and enter for your chance to win this car by purchasing your raffle at select parish events. Please contact parish office for information.

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2014 Thrive & Drive: Hoban High School – Chevrolet Cruze

The VanDevere Bunch is once again pairing up with Archbishop Hoban High School for the 2014 Thrive & Drive program. This brand new Chevrolet Cruze has been donated by VanDevere to the school so that Hoban High School can raffle off the car throughout the year at different events raising money for the school. If you would like to purchase your raffle ticket for your chance to win this car, contact the school office to find out when and where you can purchase tickets.

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2014 Thrive & Drive Underway!

Father Thomas of St. Francis De Sales has picked up the first VanDevere Thrive & Drive vehicle for 2014! If you would like a chance to win this brand new Chevy Cruze, please contact the church office to find out where and when you can purchase your raffle ticket. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit St. Francis De Sales. Thrive & Drive is just another way that The VanDevere Bunch gives back to the surrounding community.

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Thrive & Drive: Hoban Raises Over $70,000 In 2013

Thank you to everyone that has made Thrive & Drive a great success over the years. With your help, we have helped many organizations raise hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Congrats to Eric and Michelle Voiers – Winners of a 2013 Chevy Spark

Congratulations to Eric and Michelle Voiers, winners of a Brand new 2013 Chevrolet Spark from The VanDevere Bunch’s Thrive & Drive program and Field High School. The VanDevere Bunch has set up the Thrive & Drive program to help generate money for local schools and organizations.

Every year, VanDevere donates a handful or cars to community organizations to raffle off, raising money for select areas of their institutions. Over the years, these schools and organizations have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars enabling them to better areas of need within. This year, the money raised by Field High School will be used to help students and their families with “pay to participate” fees due to cuts in school funding for extra curricular activities and sports programs.

Field High School and The VanDevere Bunch would like to thank everyone for their continued support and participation in the Thrive & Drive program.

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VanDevere’s Thrive & Drive Helps Field’s Big Red Fund With New Track

Big Red Fund’s quest for new track sets example for Field students
By Tom Nader

 

Gray clouds blanketed the skies and rain drops eventually would fall, but neither could wipe the smiles off the faces of those from Field High School last Tuesday when the Falcons hosted their first track meet in 10 years.

A school that once was home to one of the premier tracks in the area had watched its all-weather surface deteriorate to the point that it was no longer safe for competition.

That needed to change.

However, amidst a financial climate that has included four consecutive failed levies and continued cutbacks, the big question arose: How?

It was a question that was first presented to newly hired athletic director Matt Furino in 2008 by then-Superintendent David Brobeck.

“He asked me what my plans were to revive the track,” Furino said, recalling a conversation he had with Brobeck shortly after being named the school’s AD. “I think we both realized that we needed to come up with a plan.”

That plan would hatch the Big Red Fund, an eight-person committee with a fundraising vision that by the end of its quest would accomplish much more than a new track for the school.

The track became a reality, but by simply going after the project with energized purpose, the committee set an example for its student-athletes that no dream was too big.

Not even one that would carry a price tag upward of $170,000.

That was the sticker price Field’s new track would carry after the committee gained a pulse on the project through research, inquiries and bids.

Instead of finding the reasons to allow the large and costly project to drift to the background, the Big Red Fund began finding every reason to go after it.

The Big Red Fund, which is comprised of Furino and his wife Rita, along with Bernadette Moore, Anjenette Lowden, Keith Stayer, Terry Kettering, Jill Richards and Dan Rafferty, set a window of about four years to raise the necessary funds for the construction of the new track.

Through donations and fundraisers like the school’s annual VanDevere Thrive and Drive car raffle, Brimfest 5K road race, car washes and Big Red Dinner, the group was able to close that window in just two remarkably short years.

“We knew that we were chasing a big number, but the community here is so awesome that we knew we could get to it,” said Furino, whose committee has also helped offset nearly $15,000 in pay-to-play costs for student-athletes over the last two years. “It feels good to know you have support.”

Furino said he was not surprised by the community’s outpouring of generosity.

“Ever since I have been at Field, with every fundraiser we have ever asked for, the community has always come through.”

The support showed that the school and the community, using the Big Red Fund as its vehicle, was willing to invest in its youth.

“With all of our levy woes, just like all schools are up against right now, I think we showed the kids that everybody really does care for them and wants the best for them,” Furino said. “And that we are willing to do whatever it takes for them to have the best.”

Last Tuesday, rain may have begun to fall from those dark clouds, but there was going to be no raining on the Falcons’ parade.

With the community standing behind them, they witnessed what could be accomplished when no dream is considered too big and how the actions it takes to get to the finish line can create moments that are remembered forever.

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Support Field High School & Win a 2013 Chevy Spark!

Once again, VanDevere has partnered with Field High School this year as a part of their Thrive & Drive program. This year VanDevere has donated a 2013 Chevrolet Spark to Field High School to help them raise funds for after school programs. Due to financial changes, all after school activities (Sports, Band, Cheerleading, ect.) require students and their families to pay fees in excess of $35o per sport for participation. This Spark will be raffled off at school events where all proceeds will go to help cover these participation fees. You can help support The VanDevere Bunch Thrive & Drive program and Field High School be buying a tickets, and who knows, you could win a new car!

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Congratulations To The Sheeler Family – Winners Of A 2012 Sonic

This year, the VanDevere Bunch donated a brand new 2012 Chevy Sonic to Field High School as a part  of the VanDevere Thrive & Drive program. With the sale of raffle tickets and the Big Red Fund Dinner & Auction, The school was able to raise over $40,000. These funds will go toward a new high jump pit, long jump runway, and track equipment. 50% of the funds raised from ticket sales also went toward the “pay to participate” fee per student to be active in fall and winter sports, band, cheer-leading, and drama.

Congratulations to the Sheeler Family, the winners of this years car raffle. Thank You for supporting the Field High School Big Red Fund and VanDevere Thrive & Drive.

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Akron Children’s Hospital Holiday Tree Festival – Family Fun / WIN A CAR!

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Congragulations to Hoban Winner of New Chevy Cruze – James Blankenship

“ James Blankenship of Kent is the winner of a 2012Chevrolet Cruze in Hoban’s car raffle. His winning ticket was drawn at halftime during the Hoban vs. Benedictine football game Oct. 19. Blankenship bought his ticket at an Acme Fresh Market in Kent from Earlene Johnson, a player on Hoban’s girls basketball team member. Thirty teams and organizations will split the take of $52,600.Over the past two years the school has raised $100,000, thanks to the Van Devere Bunch and its “Thrive & Drive” program. Shown above is Blankenship receiving the keys from Advancement Director Jeff Stetz ”

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