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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 (https://ffcr2021.givesmart.com/) 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 thriveanddrive@vandevere.com or call 330-867-3010 and ask for Lori Sams.

Introducing VanDevere’s Thrive & Drive Program

The VanDevere Bunch has been part of the Akron community for 74 years.We are part of the community and give back as we can.   Our Thrive & Drive program was created just for that reason, to give back to our community.  This program is used to help community organizations raise money for the youth of the area.  Last year our Thrive & Drive program helped 15 organizations raise over $25,000 for their groups.   You can learn more about the groups below.

The way the program works is VanDevere sponsors a car as the prize for a raffle.  The organizations then sell tickets to enter the raffle for $10 a piece.  Each raffle ticket is put into the drawing for a 2-year lease on a new Kia Soul. Plus, each ticket has a coupon All the money earned from the ticket sales go directly to the organization.  The drawing is held in November via a Facebook live presentation.

The following groups earned money from this awesome program.


Camp Y-Noah

The money from this fundraiser was used to help fund the Miller Medical Center, named after our beloved Miller. It will be a wing added to the barn and especially suited for Camp Y-Noah horses in need.


Western Reserve Native Sons

The Western Reserve Native Sons provide a special opportunity for dads and sons to hang out and enjoy a variety of experiences together. As fathers, we don’t get a lot of chances these days to spend quality time with our kids…especially our boys. Different than most programs for boys, Native Sons focuses not just on the growth of the young man, but also his relationship with his dad. Monthly events like camping, hiking, fishing, bowling, and snow sledding can bring together a father and son, even for a short time.  The money raised is to help fund the trips and activities of the tribe.


Copley Fairlawn Middle School PTSA. And King Elementary PTA

The money raised was used to provide extras to the students of our school.  These items could include supplies, field trips, educational materials, electronics or special programs.


Manchester Panther Paws

This is the booster group that supports the Manchester Schools athletes.  The money raised goes to help the teams out with expenses.


Wesley Temple

Wesley Temple AME Zion Church exists to share God’s word and his love for humanity. It is our desire to encourage, enlighten and equip our church members, members of our community and our society.   We use the money earned from this fundraiser to help the youth in our group, including scholarships.


Firestone Robotics

The Aerospace Engineering club sold 530 tickets, raising $5300 to support the program.  The money will be used to help fund a trip to the Kalahari Classic VEX Robotics Competition.


Coventry Wrestling

We use this fundraiser to earn money for tournament fees and travel to the tournaments.  We also use the money for needed equipment.


Ivan’s Angels

We work to provide after school opportunities such as sports or discussion groups that will keep our youth out of the streets by providing healthy alternatives, by teaching them the importance of staying disease free while helping them create goals for their lives and giving them the opportunity to share their life concerns.  The money raised helps this program.


St. Sebastian Parish

The money we earn from this fundraiser is used to help with expenses within the St. Sebastian school, from supplies to electronics to scholarships.


North High Girls Golf

This fundraiser helped us earn money for expenses and tournaments.


Bath Volunteer Services

The BVS used the money raised through this fundraiser for scholarships and helping out the Revere Schools.


Williams Challenge

The Williams Challenge is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to aspiring low-income students.  We used the money from the fundraiser to help with the scholarships.


Coventry High School Basketball

We used this fundraiser to help get new uniforms and expenses.


Providence Baptist

The Providence Baptist Church are a people who are under God’s divine care.  As a people we glorify God by providing support for those in the West Akron community through servanthood and blessings those who are in need.  We believe that we are here to help one another.

We started the PBC Scholarship as a vision of our Pastor Vincent E. Peterson I, in April 2014.  We have granted scholarships to 25 deserving students over the past five years.  Our recipients get good and are active in the community.  We assist them with more than the scholarship (i.e. – mentoring, training, transportation, budgeting, financial aid workshops and love). The raffle was used as a fundraiser for the PBC Scholarship, currently we have raised $1050.  This is short of our $2500 goal, but we are still pressing forward.


Do you know an organization that would benefit from this program? Please reach out to Lori Sams at loris@vandevere.com or 330-867-3010.  We look forward to helping them earn money for their groups.

Current Thrive And Drive Rules & Regulations

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 February 1 , 2020 through November 15 th , 2021. 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 2021 Kia Soul with 10,000 miles per year. Retail value of the prize is approximately $4000. Prize has $2500 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 $2500 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.