Oprah Heroes Show
up the new 2012 VW Beetle
This is an update I sent to my support group
and also to VW of America:
and I went to pick up my new Beetle at 2:00 at Deal Motor Cars
in Asheville, NC. The local Asheville Citizen Times was there,
but no TV crews, which was fine with me.
The sales people and managers at Deal VW were great to work with,
and all were saying congratulations and smiling about how I came
to have this gorgeous blue Beetle. All of them said how much they
love the new design, and how amazing the technology and performance
is on it.
I signed all the paperwork, the sales rep, Mark Kaye, went over
the car with me, and all the cool things it can do. We then took
it on a test drive, and it was really amazing to feel how powerful
the car is. The folks at VW went and got my tag, and then I was
ready to go!
Everywhere we went, people would stop and stare at this beautiful
car, and then they'd come up and talk with us about it. I'd tell
them the story of Oprah, and how I was nominated as a Hero, and
flew to Chicago to find out that the Hero's show was actually
Oprah's last Favorite Things show.
we went to the bank drive-thru to make a deposit, the teller got
so excited to see my new car, she had everyone in the bank come
and look at it through the window. She kept saying, "I hope
you don't have to sell this sweet car, because YOU DESERVE IT!!!"
We then drove the Beetle to Lowes to meet our Naturalpathic Doctor
so that she could see the car. She started yelling and saying,
"OH MY GOD, IT'S GORGEOUS!"
There were guys actually coming up to the car and taking photos
of it in the parking lot, and an African American woman walked
over and was amazed at the car. She said "That Oprah really
knows how to do something right--this car is BEAUTIFUL!"
that, Kathy and I went to Olive Garden to celebrate. Some of the
wait staff were taking their breaks in the back of the restaurant,
and all of them were staring at the car as we pulled into a parking
place. I got out of the car and said, "I won this Beetle
on Oprah and just picked it up from the dealership TODAY!"
They all got so excited, wanting to know about the Hero's Show
and how I'd gotten this car, that by the time we had walked around
the restaurant and through the front door, every Olive Garden
employee already knew about the car! They were asking us about
it at the front desk, and going outside to look at it. One waiter
actually came up to me while we were waiting on our meal and said,
"It's so great to see someone who has really helped people
actually get something back in return. You deserve this!"
stopped by Earth Fare, a big health food store, and the guy ringing
me out noticed my Oprah Hoodie. He asked about it, and as I was
telling him about the car I'd won, the check-out guy in the next
lane said, "You mean that light blue Beetle in the parking
lot?" I said yes that's the one, and he replied, "SWEET
CAR! I noticed it the moment I saw you drive by!!!" This
guy noticed the car while he was inside the store working!
we were heading back out to the parking lot, I saw one of the
techs from our vet's office. I told her I'd just picked up the
car I'd won on Oprah, and of course she wanted to see it right
away! She was practically running to it through the parking lot,
and she got so excited about seeing the new Beetle, that she jumped
into it when I opened the door to show her the interior!
We then stopped by to see a friend of ours named Steve. He's the
manager at a store called Amazing Savings. He came out to look
at the car and said, "This car is so amazing, and it couldn't
have happened to a better person! I'm so proud of you!" So
sweet of him to say that to me.
We went to pick up some cat food at Pet Smart, and the woman who
was ringing up my order saw that I was wearing my Oprah Winfrey
Show hoodie. She asked me if I'd been to the Oprah show, and I
told her about being nominated as a Hero by members of the support
group I run, and how I'd won the VW Beetle on the last Favorite
Things show. She said she has been working hard at doing something
similar for animals, and just when she felt like giving up, someone
would always come into her life who gave her hope. I told her
"I've felt that way many times, but I never gave up. Don't
give up, because you just never know when something amazing will
happen to help you to accomplish your dreams!" She started
crying then, and told me that I was the person who was inspiring
then stopped at this convenience store where we know the people
who own it. Two guys who had also stopped at the store started
going around looking at the car while I was inside, they were
loudly saying, "COOL BEETLE!!!" when I walked out, and
going on to Kathy about how nice the new style was, and how much
more they liked it than the old style. One gave me the high five
when I told him about how I'd won it.
All this because people hear the story of my amazing time on the
Oprah's Favorite Things show. This is the gift that just keeps
on giving! It was one awesome afternoon for sure!
a graphic/website designer, and I've got to say that VW working
with Oprah to give her audience members this wonderful car was
an incredibly smart way to market the new Beetle! What I found
in just one afternoon is that this design is certainly is appreciated
by both men and women, but I saw way more men flat-out staring
at the car, pointing it out to whomever they were walking with,
and loving the way the new design looks. I had a lot of compliments
on the wheels especially, and how retro they look. One guy even
got down on his knees and took photos of the wheels in Lowes parking
lot of people also loved the color, saying that it reminded them
so much of the very first Beetles they'd seen when the car first
came out years ago. Everyone was also amazed at the interior and
how roomy it is. I showed people the trunk area, which they were
also impressed with the size, and the engine had them really excited,
especially the box that the battery sits in. Some said it is like
a velvet box! Every person was also AMAZED that VW paid for the
taxes and the tag, which I made sure to tell every person I spoke
to about that.
I've had a rough time the last few years, I lost several people
in my life to untimely deaths, and my business took a very hard
hit from the economy. I just wanted to say to both VW and Oprah,
thanks so much for this wonderful gift! It's certainly giving
me a lot of joy, and I sure hope I can keep it.