Today was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Logan Harding and his family. Harding, 18, won the sweepstakes for the special Panther Camaro displayed by Beck's Hybrids over the past year. More than 79,000 tickets were sold.
Ashley Woodward Fischer, Beck's communication specialist, says that through the sweepstakes and other sources, more than $150,000 was raised for charity. The money was donated to We Care for Orphans, a charity started by Scott Beck's wife, Shantel. Scott is vice-president of Beck's Hybrids, Atlanta, Ind. The money helps families defray the costs of adopting children, typically from other countries.
The car had been displayed Beck's Hybrids events over the past year. The first Beck's Sweepstakes winner, Greg Lundquist, was on hand to hemp congratulate Logan. Lundquist received the special bike designed especially for the contest a year ago. Lundquist, Wabash, is a long-time ag chem supply dealer for Agro-Chem, Inc.
"The bike stays in the garage," he says. "It's safer for the bike and me," he quipped.
The presentation occurred on the yard of bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during zCarb day, in front of a large crowd in the main grandstands. Scott, his wife, and his parents, Sonny and Glendia, helped make the official presentation.
Logan's dad, Robert, actually put up the money for the tickets, but bought them for his son. It was part of a special weekend for the southern Indiana farm family. On Sunday, May 26, Logan graduates as valedictorian along with five other boys at Perry Central High School. The family lives between Tell City and Bristow.
Logan plans to attend Purdue University in mechanical engineering. Asked what was going to happen to the car in the near future, his mom was quick to answer.
"It's going in the shed," she said matter-of-factly. It didn't sound like it was taking a trip to Purdue anytime soon.