Friday, November 19, 2010

For the love bug

I’ve written in past columns about the Love Bug contest at Fox Valley Volkswagen in West Chicago as pitches are made for why certain area college students deserve a new Volkswagen beetle.

Aubree Hoepper, a 2007 graduate of St. Charles East and currently a senior at Boston University, falls into the category of a worthy candidate.

Hoepper has been involved in numerous community projects, but is currently helping an organization called STIVE, working with kids suffering from sickle cell anemia. She is running in next April’s Boston Marathon to raise money to send kids to a summer camp.

She’s a finalist in the contest for the new car, which would help her get around the Boston area from school to her work with STIVE and other organizations.

You can help her with a vote at The voting ends at the end of November, and the winner is declared in mid-December.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Why Aubree Hoepper deserves the special edition lovebug; Aubree’s “ Drive for Strive”

Aubree Hoepper, my 21 year old 5’2” blue eyed daughter deserves to win this Love bug 2 contest. She is a senior at Boston University and plans to attend medical school to pursue her dream of becoming a pediatrician. She will be incurring an enormous debt to attain her goal and will need a car to zip around Boston for her volunteer and educational obligations. Aubree has dedicated herself to her education, family and helping those less fortunate.

She is the coordinator for a program called STRIVE - dedicated to children with sickle cell anemia. She also works in a preschool and tutors. This summer she worked with children with disabilities at an unpaid internship program in Ireland, an opportunity she paid for herself to do. Aubree’s dedication to helping others is amazing, Whether giving encouragement to a sick patient or bringing a smile to a child’s face, she has a special gift.

Aubree’s dream of owning a Volkswagen beetle began when she rode in our neighbor’s vintage beetle and was further influenced when at age 12 she spotted the limited edition powder blue beetle She told me that one day she was going to own that car. This resulted in our family purchasing a silver beetle in 2002. This limited edition blue 2010 Volkswagen Beetle is a metaphor for Aubree…compact, efficient, economical, fun-spirited and distinctive.

Winning this contest would not only fulfill a childhood dream but would help her accomplish her goals.

Also contribute to her fundraising effort to help send STRIVE kids to Camp visit her web page at

Last Year's Winner Meets 2010 Finalist!

Hi everyone,

Ken and I got a call from a friend to attend a church this AM, where an old friend of ours was going to be giving the message. We walked into Alpine Chapel in Lake Zurich, where we have NEVER attended before. Following the service a gal came up and introduced herself to me, because she saw the T-shirt that I was wearing.

This was the t-shirt, that we were given yesterday, when Ken went to pick up his prize for qualifying to be a finalist in the contest. Anyway...she said "Do you know someone in the LoveBug Contest this year?" I told her that my husband Ken was in it. She wanted to know his story. So I let her know. With that, she says "Last year's winner goes to our church!"

I couldn't believe it. Of all the churches in the area, we were led to go to the ONE that last year's winner goes to? So...she introduced us to Donna, the winner from last year, who was eager to meet us. She said she would put Ken's information out on her Facebook today, and get her church behind him, to see if they can do it again!

She told us to take a look at her car in the parking lot. Of course, when we went out, it was parked directly behind ours! Her little red Bug, and Ken's big ole gas guzzling Avalanche. She said that last year, her entire church got behind her, and it was a real testament to the everyone that God had a hand in the win.

She said "it was all God." Glory to God, that, that was the only way she would have won with God and the Church backing her. It was amazing, she said, it took on a life of its own!

So... amazing, that we actually met the winner from last year!

Leslie Coslet

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Evergreen Park, Ill. Resident Wins Monthly Prize in Fox Valley Volkswagen’s LOVEbug2 Contest

(Evergreen Park, Ill.)-Laura Daluga of Evergreen Park was one of three recent monthly semi-final winners for Fox Valley Volkswagen’s LOVEbug2 Contest, which asks Chicagoland residents to nominate someone whose good deeds have gone a long way to help inspire them or others. She and two other August semi-finalists each won a Sony