Dealer seeks nominations for car giveaway to a deserving family

A local auto dealer is going to make someone’s Christmas brighter with a free car.

Chevrolet of Columbus, 2825 Merchant’s Mile, is asking residents to nominate a deserving family to receive the vehicle, said Fred Armstrong, dealership marketing specialist.

The giveaway was the idea of Chevrolet of Columbus owner Leo Portaluppi, Armstrong said.

“Leo told me it would be great to give a car to a needy and deserving family,” Armstrong said. “Whoever writes the most compassionate letter will win the car for the nominee.”

Nominations can be made on the dealership’s website at

Portaluppi intends to read each nomination himself, and choose five finalists, Armstrong said.

He will then present the five finalists to the dealership’s nearly 30 employees, and let them decide who will get the vehicle, the former mayor said.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.