LOS ANGELES (September 3, 2015) — The North Hollywood Out of the Closet thrift store, located at 4227 Lankershim Blvd., this week announced the grand prize winner of its “Test Drive” Fiat giveaway sweepstakes. The winner, Lucinda “Cindy” Owens of Palm Springs, drove off with a new 2015 red Fiat after her name was selected from among ten finalists who gathered at the store for a live drawing held on Saturday, August 29th. Launched on January 30th, eligible California residents could enter the car giveaway sweepstakes by taking an HIV test on site or donating to the store. The contest drew 1,200 eligible entries at the North Hollywood Out of the Closet location that celebrated its grand opening on Lankershim Blvd. in May 2013. Proceeds from Out of the Closet stores help AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) provide HIV/STD prevention and treatment services to over 465,000 people worldwide.
“I’m still in a little bit of shock, honestly!” beamed Owens. “It’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me! I’ve never won anything before. I’ve been telling everyone that I’m living proof that it can happen to anyone! I’ve been shopping at Out of the Closet for several years and it’s a total win situation since I support the good work AHF is doing and I believe in recycling.”
In July, the Long Beach Out of the Closet thrift store, located at 3500 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., announced Brent Fryhoff as the grand prize winner of that location’s “Test Drive” Fiat sweepstakes that launched the same day as the Lankershim contest. Fryoff was selected as the winner in a live drawing for the sweepstakes that drew 1,242 eligible entries. The Long Beach Out of the Closet location has been in operation since February 1997.
Out of the Closet has sponsored vehicle giveaways in the past—including Mini Coopers, Fiats and Vespa scooters—to encourage HIV screening and donations at its retail locations, which now total 21 stores in six states. The newly-opened Out of the Closet store in Columbus, OH is currently running its “By Ohio, For Ohio” donation sweepstakes to give away a new Chevrolet Cruze, the best-selling sedan manufactured in Lordstown, Ohio.
THE TEN FINALISTS IN THE “TEST DRIVE” FIAT GIVEAWAY SWEEPSTAKES GATHERED AT THE NORTH HOLLYWOOD OUT OF THE CLOSET LOCATION