Hyundai Hands-On raises money for pediatric cancer research

This year’s Washington Auto Show Hyundai Hands-On Contest had a new twist. It not only brought a new car to a deserving contestant, it also raised $75,000 for pediatric cancer research, donated by Hyundai Hands on Hope and the Washington Area Hyundai Dealers.

As in past years, contestants applied to participate in the chance to win a new 2019 Hyundai Kona SEL after “staying in touch” with it for 50 hours. This time, the contestants were chosen from a pool of employees from Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center and Children’s National Medical Center. The winner drove home in the Kona and raised $50,000 for her hospital. The runner-up raised $25,000 for his.

All six contestants hung on to the Hyundai on site at the Auto Show for the entire 50 hours, from April 11 to April 13. The winner, Karen Howenstein, an administrative officer at Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center, was chosen by a “luck of the key” drawing. Howenstein was happy to replace her 17-year-old car so she can drive her family and do community service work. She was awarded the car by WANADA Vice Chairman Kevin Reilly of Alexandria Hyundai, on behalf of Washington Area Hyundai Dealers, and by Zafar Brooks, Hyundai’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility.

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