Meridian Woman wins the 2010 Honda Civic “Car for a Cure” Giveaway

April 23rd, 2010 by

Patty Peck Honda Car for a Cure Winner 2010
Patty Peck Christie, Mary Fortune VP DFM, Doris Luke the winner

Spending the afternoon of April 15th playing bridge, Doris Luke had no idea that 90 miles away in Jackson, Patty Peck Christie, owner of Patty Peck Honda was announcing the winner of the new 2010 Honda Civic coupe. When Luke arrived home from her bridge game, she decided to make herself an early dinner of bacon and eggs.

“I had just put the bacon in the pan when the phone rang,” remembers Luke. “When I answered the lady on the other end introduced herself as Patty Peck and told me I had just won a car! I was in such disbelief and was so excited, I didn’t close my eyes the whole night!”

Doris Luke knows first-hand what it’s like to have a loved one living with diabetes. Three of Doris’s 7 siblings were diagnosed with the disease. Later, Doris’s own son was diagnosed with type 2 at the age of 27. “It’s a difficult thing to watch your family deal with diabetes,” says Luke. After her sister died from the disease, Luke was motivated to start donating money to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi (DFM). She has been a regular donor for the last 25 years.

Luke’s giving nature doesn’t stop there. She has decided to sell the car back to the dealership and donate the money. “I have been so blessed by God in so many ways, that I feel this will give me an opportunity to do good works for the Lord.” Luke plans to donate a portion to the Diabetes Foundation in addition to making a donation to her church and helping out several family members who are in need. “I appreciate the wonderful work the Diabetes Foundation is doing,” adds Luke, “and I plan on buying my ticket again next year!”

“Every year I always want the winner of our car to be someone who is deserving,” says Patty Christie. “Ms. Luke’s decision not to keep the car for herself is like a pay it forward. We give the car and she gives the money from the car to two organizations that will take that money and give to others. I think it’s just wonderful!”

The Patty Peck Honda Car for a Cure Giveaway is an annual fundraiser benefitting the DFM. The car is donated courtesy of Jeff and Patty Christie, of Ridgeland, who for the past 23 years have donated a Honda Civic for the cause of fighting and defeating diabetes. Raffle tickets are sold for the car each year, and every dollar raised stays in Mississippi to provide care and support for Mississippians of all ages affected by diabetes.