January 17th, 2017 by



Neighborhood Ford Store Partnership With Eat’n Park Benefits Children’s Hospitals

PITTSBURGH (01/17/2017) – All Jim Peppel knew for sure was that the raffle ticket he purchased would benefit a Children’s Hospital. And then he never gave it another thought.

That was until Kevin O’Connell, Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, called from the Caring for Kids event at Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital where Peppel’s ticket was chosen as the winner.

“I couldn’t believe it. I’ve never won anything before. When I told my wife JoAnne I won a Mustang convertible, she thought I was kidding,” the Columbiana, Ohio, resident explained.

For the seventh consecutive year, Neighborhood Ford Store partnered with Eat’n Park Restaurants to contribute a new Ford vehicle to be raffled, with the proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets donated to the Caring for Kids campaign benefitting Children’s Hospitals. More than 60,000 raffle tickets at $2 each were sold for the 2017 Mustang convertible.

Peppel was presented with his white 2017 Mustang convertible at Ron Lewis Ford in Beaver Falls, Pa. Peppel’s Mustang will join a Ford Econoline van in his garage. He is a home builder and remodeler. 

“This is a terrific way to start the New Year,” Joseph Thurby, Chairman of Neighborhood Ford Store, said. “Neighborhood Ford Store takes great pride in assisting families throughout our region and the Caring for Kids campaign gives us that opportunity. We all work together — our dealers, the staff at Eat’n Park, the tens of thousands of folks who purchase raffle tickets – and are united in our support to help the patients and their families.”

“It’s important to the Neighborhood Ford Store dealers to support causes that make life better in our communities,” Kathleen Wagler, Vice Chairperson, emphasized. “We know that the Caring for Kids campaign is important to our region, so we are honored to help.”

“Ron Lewis Ford is pleased to kick off our 2017 with an event that is important to so many,” Gwen Lewis, Vice President of Online Operations/Marketing at the Ron Lewis Automotive Group, noted. “With this Eat’n Park partnership, everyone wins — Jim gets a new Mustang convertible, Children’s Hospitals receive financial support and the entire community benefits because the health of our area’s youth is enhanced.”

“Every year, the campaign with Neighborhood Ford Store reminds us that Eat’n Park has the most generous and compassionate guests, team members, and partners,” said Trina DeMarco, Director of Corporate Giving and Community Partnerships, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group. “It’s a really great feeling to know that our Caring for Kids campaign will help kids throughout the region receive the medical care they need.”

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About Neighborhood Ford Store

Neighborhood Ford Store is a group of 81 Ford dealers in western Pennsylvania, southeastern Ohio, the panhandle of Maryland and north central West Virginia.

About Eat’n Park Restaurants

Since 1949, Eat’n Park Restaurants has been a family-owned restaurant chain, serving guests across Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. At the heart of Eat’n Park are more than 8,000 team members committed to providing friendly, attentive service and supporting a growing number of community initiatives, including an annual fundraising campaign that has generated more than $8 million for children’s hospitals. Eat’n Park also donates almost half a million Smiley Cookies – the brand’s iconic symbol – every year to support community events and fundraisers. www.NeighborhoodFordStore.com .

Eat’n Park is a member of the Eat’n Park Hospitality Group which is a portfolio of foodservice concepts focused on personalized dining and winner of the National Restaurant Association’s 2011 Restaurant Neighbor Award for community service. Additional information about Eat’n Park Hospitality Group is available online at www.enphospitality.com.

About Ron Lewis Ford:

Ron Lewis Ford Beaver Falls has been in business for over 50 years and has been a member of the Ron Lewis Automotive Group since 1986.  Founded in 1975, today the Ron Lewis Automotive Group has grown to over 300 employees, with dealerships located in Pleasant Hills, Waynesburg, Cranberry and Beaver Falls. The group comprises:   Ron Lewis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Pleasant Hills; Ron Lewis Ford Beaver Falls; Ron Lewis Chevrolet Beaver Falls; Ron Lewis Kia Beaver Falls; Ron Lewis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat Cranberry; Ron Lewis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Waynesburg; Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo / Pre-Owned Cranberry. To learn more about our organization and to shop online, visit www.ronlewisautomotive.com.  We Have Your Keys℠


Press contact: Nancy Lewis, PR Account Manager, at GTB for Neighborhood Ford Store, via email: [email protected]; via phone: (412)-977-2894.

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