MILWAUKEE -- FOX6 News and Toyota teamed up for a "Salute to Veterans" and their families. We held a special contest just for them and the winner, announced on Wednesday, March 1st, received a brand new 2017 RAV4 XLE AWD SUV.
Military personnel and their families give so much – their time, their energy, sometimes even their lives. FOX6 encouraged everyone to nominate a veteran or a veteran's family for the contest.
Six finalists were selected from more than 100 nominations.
- Kevin Watson
- Philip Poulos, Jr.
- Ryan Wick
- Michell Christofferson
- Cheryl Morris
- Patrick Ndon
On Wednesday afternoon, at the Greater Milwaukee Auto Show, the grand prize winner was announced! The happy new owner of the beautiful, shiny, brand new 2017 Toyota RAV4 is Michell Christofferson of Cudahy! She served in the Air Force for 10 years.
"Over the moon! This is just wonderful. I am so grateful for this. Thank you!" Christofferson said.
Michell was nominated by her friend, Tammy.
"Just because she does everything for everybody else all the time. She is an awesome friend -- an awesome mom. She always puts everybody else before herself so I thought of her and all that she has given to our country and her family has," Tammy said.
Christofferson said she didn't even know until Monday, February 27th that she'd been nominated, and was a finalist.
"It's an amazing feeling and it's going to be an awesome car. I'll save some money on gas and it will be a lot safer," Christofferson said.
Tammy submitted the following to FOX6 News when nominating Michell:
"I’m nominating a close friend, Michell. She is an Air Force veteran who served for ten years. She has raised three boys being a single mother and is one of the hardest working women I know. She is always there to help others and doesn’t do enough for herself. Her oldest son joined the ARMY senior year. Shortly afterwards he was deployed to serve in Iraq. On April 21, 2008 Steven was killed by a roadside bomb. This is a mother’s worst nightmare. She still had to be strong for her other two boys plus deal with her emotions. She has come a long way. Her youngest son and my son graduated together in 2015. Her son Dillon joined the Army reserve. Dillon is now being deployed overseas. I would like to give back to Michell for all she does and has sacrificed."
This marked the seventh year of the FOX6 Toyota Salute to Veterans giveaway.