The VanDevere Bunch Thrive & Drive Program

VanDevere Inc. continues to establish 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.

2018 Thrive & Drive Official Contest Rules

VanDevere Thrive & Drive Car Raffle Official Contest Rules

  1. Entrants may register to win by purchasing a $10 ticket from select community non-profits. Entrants will be entered into a drawing. Dealer is not responsible for lost or not received entries.
  2. All proceeds the Non-profits earn from the raffle ticket sales are theirs to keep for their organization’s use.
  3. Contest runs from March 1, 2018 through November 28th, 2018. The drawing will be held at VanDevere Kia 328 W. Market St. Akron, OH 44303. Winner need not be present for drawing.
  4. The winner will receive a 2-year lease of a 2018 Kia Sportage with 10,000 miles per year. Retail value of the prize is $7,761. Prize has $5000 cash alternative.
  5. Winner must be 18 years of age or older, and be a licensed motor vehicle driver with proof of adequate insurance, and is responsible for all income taxes, vehicle registration, titling fees and documentary service fees at time of signing all documents necessary to effectuate transfer of title to winner.  Winner also responsible for mileage fees of 0.20 per mile over total allowed miles, and any excess wear and tear charges. There is a $400 disposition fee at the end of the lease.
  6. Winner is required to provide all personal information required for credit approval with Kia Motor Financial.  If winner does not qualify for the financing on the lease, they will win the $5000 cash option, in lieu of the lease.
  7. Winner agrees to execute all documentation necessary to effectuate the lease. Winner will pick up vehicle from VanDevere Kia 328 W. Market St. Akron, Oh 44303.
  8. Winner is responsible for returning vehicle at termination of lease period and agrees to bear responsibility for any lease end liabilities.
  9. Winner acknowledges that VanDevere, Inc. will have the right to use winner’s name, likeness and voice in promoting that he/she is the winner, in both print and broadcast.  The prize winner must sign a standard release form providing VanDevere, Inc. with their address, telephone number and social security number and a W-9 tax form.
  10. Winner expressly releases VanDevere, Inc., their affiliated companies and employees, from any and all claims, demands, damages, and/or liability of any nature whatsoever that winner has or claims to have relating to the herein contest, and without limitation, any and all known or unknown claims for damages or injuries arising out of said contest, whether founded in fact or in law.
  11. VanDevere, Inc. is the sole judge of all matters pertaining to this contest and reserves the right to change the rules and/or discontinue the contest at any time without notice.  All decisions by VanDevere, Inc. are final.
  12. Odds of winning are based on the number tickets sold.  No more than 25,000 tickets will be made.




Thrive & Drive 2017: Raffle Winner Announced

For the past few years, VanDevere Inc., has given organizations in the community the opportunity to participate in a new car raffle to earn money.  These organizations have to have a focus on the children in our community.   They sold tickets for the New Car Raffle and kept all the proceeds to use in their organization.   It is a great fundraiser for these groups.

This year the participating groups were:

–       Akron Area Soap Box Derby

–       Catholic Charities

–       Indian Guides

–       Camp Y-Noah

–       Ohio Lightning Softball

–       Wesley Temple

–       4-H Rough Riders

–       Suffield Lego Club

–       Impact Sports Academy

The groups invested a small amount of money to get the tickets and the banners to advertise the raffle.   They sold the tickets for $10 each and each ticket was a change to win a brand new 2017 Kia Soul.  All the money they made from the sales went directly to the organizations.   The winner of the new Soul came from the Rough Riders sales.

This year’s winner is Brenda M. of Akron.   If you saw the video on our VanDevere Bunch Facebook page you will see that it was a comical sight.  We drew the name the morning of December 13th, live on Facebook.  Jerry VanDevere called our winner, Brenda, only to have her not believe him and hang up.   It took some time and phone calls from Brenda’s sister to have her believe she actually won.   She has experience some “you won a cruise” calls and was a little suspicious.   Before the end of the day we were in touch with Brenda and gave her the info about her prize.

To say that Brenda was excited is an understatement.   She informed us that she had a 10 year old car and that she would like to take the car.  There is an option to take the cash prize.   There was only one issue, the income tax that you must pay when you win such a prize.   For anyone that is familiar with taxes, this tax you have to pay isn’t just pocket change and may be hard for some of us to come up with.  Thankfully for Brenda’s group of awesome friends.   They chipped in to help out Brenda with the taxes so that she could get herself her FIRST brand new car!

She was so excited to pick up her new car and the smile on her face when she got in it, was glowing.  What a great way to start a new year, with a brand new car!

We congratulate Brenda and thank the organizations for participating.

Thrive and Drive is just one of the few ways VanDevere gives back to the community.  We do this because, we live here. We are all family!

If you have an organization that is focused on bettering the lives of our community’s children please feel free to shoot me an email at


Thrive and Drive: Congratulations Maranda!

This year’s winner of the Akron Rotary’s 2017 Chili Open Thrive & Drive car is Maranda Trexler! The Akron Rotary had very successful Chili Open where they were able to raise over $240,000 to support this year’s summer camp program for children with special needs. The VanDevere Bunch and Chevy are proud to sponsor and support the Akron Rotary in building a better Akron. Congratulations to Maranda and the Akron Rotary!


Congratulations to Travis Cunningham – Thrive And Drive Winner!!

Congratulations to Travis Cunningham. He is the winner of this new car from VanDevere’s Thrive & Drive community fundraiser program. Travis purchased his ticket from the Ohio Lightning organization and gets to drive away in the great new Cruze. VanDevere would like to thank all of you that participated in this great fundraiser as we were able to raise thousands of dollars for local youth organizations.

Thrive & Drive: Akron Soap Box Derby Participant

Adding to the list of 2016 VanDevere Thrive & Drive program participants is the Akron Soap Box Derby. This great community organization is selling raffle tickets to raise money for their own cause. These tickets are then entered into a drawing with other participating Thrive & Drive community organizations giving a lucky ticketed individual a chance to win a brand new car from VanDevere. Just another way VanDevere gives back to a supporting community since 1946.

Thrive & Drive Participants: Tallmadge Force / Fury Softball / Baseball

Participating this year in VanDevere’s Thrive & Drive program is Tallmadge Force and Tallmadge Fury Baseball and Softball teams. These teams will be selling tickets with all of our other 2016 Thrive & Drive participants in efforts to raise money for their teams. All money from raffle tickets goes to the teams themselves. All tickets from participating organizations are them pooled together in a drawing for CHEVY CRUZE donated by The VanDevere Bunch.


Thrive And Drive: Hoban High School

VanDevere is back at it again with Thrive and Drive! VanDevere has donated a car to Hoban High School in Akron so that they can sell raffle tickets to raise money for numerous needs within school. If you wish to purchase a $10 raffle ticket for your chance to win this car, please contact the Hoban school office for purchasing opportunities.

Thirve & Drive: Green Area Adventure Guides

VanDevere continues to support Children’s Programs in the Akron Area Community with our Thrive & Drive fundraiser.  VanDevere supplies a vehicle while different community groups sell raffle tickets raising funds for their organization. At the end of the Thrive & Drive season, all tickets are pooled and a winner is drawn.

Our most recent participants are the Green Area Adventure Guides. They are a Father Son program that serves to foster the father-son relationship with a motto of “Pals Forever”.

They attend camp outs and a variety of fun monthly activities in the community as well as doing an annual service project. This past weekend they camped at Camp Y-Noah and had a great time fishing, riding horses and doing other challenging activities.

The VanDevere Thrive & Drive program enables them to subsidize these activities and keep them affordable for the members


Thrive & Drive: 2016 Kick Off – Community Fundraiser: 2016 Chevy Cruze

Join us in an effort to raise money for children and families in our community. This year we’re teaming up with local schools and organizations by donating an all new 2016 Chevy Cruze to use in this year’s raffle.

Please contact Sandy Porter at 330-867-3010 Ext: 2137 for information on how your local organization can benefit from this year’s Thrive and Drive program.

Thrive & Drive: Winner of 2014 Kia Soul Pickup at VanDevere kia

From left to right: Richie Fontes (VanDevere Sales Consultant), Jerry VanDvere (Owner, VanDevere Kia), Duane and Linda Burkhammer (Winners), Patrick Scofield (VanDevere Sales Consultant).

Linda and Duane Burkhammer of Akron pickup up their brand new 2014 Kia Soul from VanDevere Kia in Akron after being named the winner of the VanDevere Thrive And Drive Raffle on Thursday May 14th.

VanDevere donated a car to their Thrive And Drive program this past year. Local community youth organizations where then allocated raffle tickets to sell, raising money for their respected organizations. Linda and Duane purchased a ticket from the Akron Soap Box Derby organization and were contacted Thursday with the exciting news.

We would like to thank everyone for their support during this fundraising event that resulted in thousands of dollars going back to all participating local organizations.