Car raffle

Kaylee Saggus, of Schererville, poses Wednesday with nuns from St. Joseph Carmelite Home in East Chicago. Saggus won a 2017 silver Honda Civic Sport Coupe donated by Napleton River Oaks Honda in the raffle to support the orphanage.

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LANSING – As the winner of the first-ever car raffle benefitting the St. Joseph’s Carmelite Home, Kaylee Saggus drove to her Schererville home Wednesday from Napleton River Oaks Honda behind the wheel of her new 2017 silver Honda Civic Sport Coupe.

“I was so shocked and truly grateful to win this wonderful car,” said the 21-year-old Indiana University Northwest dental student, whose winning ticket was drawn Sunday at Pierogi Fest by Sr. Maria Giuseppe, Carmelite Home administrator.

A regular Pierogi Fest attendee, Saggus said she purchased her raffle ticket about 12:30 p.m. Sunday and didn’t know she won until she received a text message.

In addition to family members, others who gathered at the showroom to congratulate Saggus included Napleton general manager Ahmad Ali, members of the Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce and the members of the Divine Heart of Jesus Order of Carmelite Sisters.

The car, valued at about $21,000, was donated by Napleton River Oaks Honda, said Suzanne DeYoung, controller at the dealership.

Sr. Giuseppe said 5,000 raffle tickets were sold, raising $25,000 for the Carmelite Home at 4840 Grasselli St., in East Chicago.

“We will use the funds to remodel the teen moms and baby area and the children’s kitchen,” she said during Wednesday's ceremony.

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