Friday, January 7, 2011

Lake in the Hills Resident Wins Grand Prize in Fox Valley Volkswagen's "LOVEbug2 Contest"

Stephanie Flood of Lake in the Hills was named Fox Valley Volkswagen’s “LOVEbug2 Contest” Grand Prize winner of a 2010 Limited Edition Volkswagen Beetle Saturday at an award ceremony at the dealership’s West Chicago location. Flood was one of 15 finalists and 100 overall nominees in the “LOVEbug2 Contest,” which asked Chicagoland residents to nominate someone whose good deeds have gone a long way to help or inspire them or others. The public was then asked to vote for their favorite finalist, with the largest vote-getter winning the grand prize valued at $20,390.

Flood’s friend, Jenny Dzierozynski, nominated her for her remarkable efforts on behalf of cancer awareness and research. Flood herself has battled brain cancer since she was nine years old, overcoming this deadly disease four times. In spite of her health challenges, she continues to raise money for research and volunteer for the Children’s Memorial Hospital and the American Cancer Society. Flood is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University and is currently interning at Children’s Memorial Hospital. Recently Flood’s car broke down, and due to its age, could not be repaired. It was her friend’s wish that Flood win the new Volkswagen Beetle so she could continue her life’s mission.

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to honor Stephanie for her remarkable contributions to our community, and to help her continue to help others by having a new car to drive to her internship and volunteer activities,” said Emir Abinion, President of Fox Valley Volkswagen. “We at Fox Valley Volkswagen are dedicated to giving back to the community and the LOVEbug contest is a great way for us to recognize and share our neighbors’ many good deeds that may otherwise go unnoticed.”

The “LOVEbug 2 Contest” ran June through November 2010. Each month three semi-finalist winners were selected to receive a monthly prize and entered to win the grand prize. Finalists’ stories received votes nationally and internationally submitted to the contest website at www.lovebugcontest.com.

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