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Toyota gives away new car in new year

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

One lucky person could win a 2010 Toyota Yaris to drive in the new year.

Toyota of McDonough plans to give away the $20,000 car, during the Sixth Annual New Year's Eve Nugget Drop at Truett's Grill-McDonough.

"This is a goodwill gesture," said Kara Barkley, customer relations manager for Toyota of McDonough. Barkley helped organize the car giveaway.

"We definitely enjoy working with Truett's Grill," she said. "And we appreciate all the work that is done by Mr. Cathy for the community. It's a Christian event on New Year's Eve that includes children and their families. It's a beneficial alternative for families with children."

Organizers of the New Year's Eve celebration at Truett's Grill expect as many as 5,000 people will attend this year's event. "We expect a good turnout," said Billy Thompson, general manager of Truett's Grill. Thompson said the free, family-oriented, alcohol-free event has grown each year since its inception.

The event's main sponsors include Delta Credit Union, The Doctor's Office, and Cook's Pest Control. Toyota of McDonough is one of the 19 sponsors this year, and also helped sponsor the event in 2008. This is the first year, however, the auto seller has given away a new car.

"We just thought it would be a nice additive to the event," Barkley added. The car giveaway involves a game called "Crack the Vault," she said, in which participants are asked to enter their name and any five-digit code into a laptop computer.

Participants can enter codes throughout the night, she said, but will be limited to two guesses per person. Those playing the game will know immediately whether their five-digit code matches a pre-determined code. Participants must be 18 years old, or older, with a valid driver's license.

"If no one is able to crack the vault at that time, they may have the opportunity to crack the vault again around Super Bowl time [at the dealership]," Barkley said.

The Toyota Yaris is currently on display at Truett's Grill of McDonough, 1785 Jonesboro Road in McDonough, at Exit 221. To learn more about the car giveaway, call Barkley at (770) 288-3767.