Krystle Marquess, 26, an eight-year employee of Sedalia McDonald’s with three children, was surprised with a 2005 Pontiac Montana van after being selected as the winner in W-K Chevrolet’s “Deserving Mom” Van Giveaway.
Marquess instantly stepped up from “91 Olds 88 to a fine-looking Pontiac van with a new DVD player in it, complete with new DVDs to keep her children entertained while she drives.
Private citizen and good samaritan Dean Miller heard about the promotion on local radio and decided to help out by paying the sales tax on the maroon-and-tan-colored van, according to Kristina Jasper, business development manager at W-K. Miller was present for the giveaway. He presented Marquess with two envelopes.
The leadership staff at W-K also kicked in with an additional 100,000-mile power train warranty on the vehicle, which has a gray leather interior.
W-K Chevrolet co-owner Kyle Weymuth said that the van giveaway was part of mother appreciation month at W-K , which included a service clinic held May 16 that was attended by over 250 women.
The van giveaway was organized by Kyle, his wife Kelly, Kristina Jasper and Dana Sanchez, who did the presentation on Friday afternoon on the showroom floor. The vehicle is a one-owner van that was traded into the dealership recently and is really fine shape.
Sanchez said that the dealership asked the public to nominate a deserving mom. “We had a staff of women from around the area (not from W-K) to choose, and we got over 100 letters,” she said. Marquess, who took a short break fromn her job, still wearing her McDonald’s uniform, was nomiated by her friend Rachel. “She told us what a great mom you are, and that you work so hard for your boys and your daughter,” Sanchez told Marquess. “The (WSL) ladies read all these letters and they picked you.”
The Women’s Service League was involved, sorting through 111 nominations and ultimately selecting the most deserving mom.
When asked if the promotion might become an annual event, Jasper said she hopes so. “The way that it turned out, I hope we can,” she said. “I hope that’s it’s something annual.” Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.