Westlake winners support schools, claim prizes

Anita Scanlon, with her daughter Kim Klein, receives the keys to her new car from Scott Goggin, Westlake Educational Foundation chairperson and Superintendent; Mary Essig, Foundation President; and Chris Steiner, Foundation Treasurer.

The Westlake Educational Foundation’s 4th annual car raffle has concluded, as winners were drawn on Feb. 13 during the Westlake boys varsity basketball game. This year’s car winner was Anita Scanlon. Serpentini Chevrolet of Westlake donated a 2024 Chevrolet Malibu RS to the Foundation’s raffle, which helped to not only create buzz around the community about who will win the car, but also about the incredible efforts of the Foundation’s mission. 

The Foundation also partnered with organizations within the school district who support various aspects of Westlake student life. By promoting the raffle, Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters, Westlake Music Boosters, Westlake PTAs, and Westlake Alumni Association shared in the ticket sales proceeds. With their involvement and support, the Foundation’s fourth car raffle exceeded $30,000 in ticket sales proceeds.

The winner of the car, Anita Scanlon, has been a resident of Westlake since 1971 and has loved being part of the community. Anita has four daughters who attended Hilliard Elementary School before attending school at St. Bernadette’s.

Recently, Anita’s daughters have been telling her she needs to get a new car, and when she saw the sign over Hilliard Blvd., she decided she wanted to support the schools and try to win a car. Anita shared that her late husband was the one who was always winning awards and that she never won anything.

Anita’s daughter, Kim Klein, observed, “Maybe this was his way of giving my mother something.” And Anita was not the only car winner; her granddaughter will be receiving Anita’s old vehicle. 

The Foundation appreciates the generosity of the community, and along with the drawing of the car the Foundation was able to draw six other winners for several other items donated by FOUNT and school-related organizations. Rachel Meyrose, a teacher at Westlake Elementary, won the FOUNT Petite Bellfield Tote, Courtney Demko won the Westlake Music Boosters basket, Michael Cutter won the WDAB basket, Emma Goggin won the car wash bucket from Westlake’s PTA, and Connecting for Kids won both of the $250 cash prizes from the Westlake Alumni Association. 

Proceeds from this raffle will go toward grants awarded to Westlake staff members. The Foundation exists to extend enhanced opportunities and experiences to Westlake City Schools students beyond the excellent education offered through the school district's traditionally funded programs. The grant cycle will open again to Westlake staff in the fall of 2024. 

Are you interested in supporting the Foundation’s mission? If so, please join the Foundation for its inaugural Spring Fever Race Event being held on Sunday, April 14. Visit the Foundation’s website at wlake.org to learn more about the race and to sign up. At the end of the event you can join your friends, family and neighbors to enjoy a pancake breakfast hosted by the Westlake Kiwanis! 

Bailey Morres

Communications Co-Chair

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 9:24 AM, 03.05.2024