Category: Thrive And Drive

Archbishop Hoban High School Thrive & Drive Winner

Congratulations to Kate Ribovich, the winner of this years Hoban Thrive & Drive Car Raffle winner! Kate is pictured with her two daughters that attend Hoban High School. She decided to take the cash prize value instead of the 2024 Chevrolet Trax 1RS.

Hoban’s efforts did not go unnoticed since they were able to raise almost $75,000 in ticket sales. The money raised will go towards the schools’ sports teams, clubs and the new student center fund! Cannot wait to see how much the students will benefit from the tickets sales.

VanDevere has begun working with Hoban on the 2024-2025 school year raffle vehicle. It has been decided that the vehicle will be a 2024 Chevrolet Trax 2RS! Goals have been set, incentives for students are in the works and the VanDevere team is ready to assist Hoban in reaching their goals for this next school year.

Congrats to the 2023-2024 Thrive & Drive winner, Kate Ribovich, and good luck to the Archbishop Hoban Knights for next years raffle! #GoKnights

St. Vincent St. Mary High School Thrive & Drive


St. Vincent-St. Mary High School has their very first VanDevere Thrive & Drive Winner. Congratulations to Kimberly Simpson-Kee on being this year’s winner of the brand new 2024 Kia Forte! The luck of the Irish was on her side from the purchase of her $10 raffle ticket. This was an extra special raffle, since all the VanDevere men, that currently work at all store locations, are all STVM alumni! They loved the opportunity to support not only the Akron youth but their old stomping grounds.

After speaking with Kimberly about her win, this is what she had to say, “We were totally surprised when we found out we won! You never expect to win these types of things.” After the initial shock wore off, Kimberly had to figure out what she is going to do with the new vehicle. Luckily, she has two sons that are current students at STVM that could use their own car. Alex is a current Freshman and Evan is a sophomore who recently started driving last year. “He has been driving my car so when he found out we won, he was thrilled!” says Kimberly. Another congrats are in order for both of Kimberly’s sons for having their ever first vehicle! We are so happy that VanDevere was able to help and bring joy to the family.

The raffle was a great success. St. Vincent-St.Mary High School was able to raise a total of $43,164.53! They also sold almost 6,000 raffle tickets. Great work STVM students, staff, family and friends. None of this would be possible without all of your hard work and dedication. The money raised will be helping 29 STVM programs and the school as a whole. We could not be more thrilled about working with them this year and looking forward continuing to support such a great school!

St. Francis de Sales Kicks Off Thrive & Drive 2021

The Falcon Family Car Raffle at St. Francis de Sales Parish launched in late January 2021!  We are very pleased to partner with The VanDevere Bunch.  Through the Thrive and Drive program, VanDevere Buick has sponsored a 2021 Buick Encore GX or the cash option of $17,000.00! This important fundraiser will support key capital needs and improvements to our church, parish facilities, and parish school!
Tickets are available through a secure online giving platfor ( or by visiting the parish rectory on weekdays between 9a.m. and 4p.m.  For inquiries, please call the rectory at 330-644-4962.
In under four weeks, the Falcon Family Car Raffle has already raised $18,000.00!  There are many exciting incentives for the parish school family that buys the most tickets and for the top teachers and classrooms with the most ticket sales.  The drawing will be held on May 21, 2021.
St. Francis de Sales Parish is a Roman Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Cleveland located in the heart of the Portage Lakes.  For over 70 years the parish has served the surrounding communities of South Akron, Barberton, Coventry, Green, Manchester, and Springfield.  Established in 1948, the parish is currently led by Administrator Rev. Jeremy Merzweiler and is home to 2000 family households.  St. Francis de Sales has operated a Parish School since 1949 and currently there are 344 students in Preschool through Grade 8.  The school is fully accredited by the Ohio Catholic School Accreditation Association (OCSAA) and fully licensed by the Ohio Department of Education.

If you have an organization that would like to learn about VanDevere Thrive and Drive fundraising opportunities, please email or call 330-867-3010 and ask for Lori Sams.