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Neil Bockrath Wins Ford Titanium in United Way Drawing

On Friday, October 3, United Way of Hancock County presented the keys to a Ford Focus Titanium to Neil Bockrath, whose name was drawn as the winner of the car at the United Way campaign kick off event held September 5.  Tickets for a chance to win the vehicle were sold by United Way for several months at events around the community leading up to its annual fundraising campaign kick off.  In all, more than 2,650 tickets were sold, generating $26,500 for United Way.  The vehicle was donated earlier this year to United Way by Cooper Tire & Rubber Company as part of its community outreach efforts in recognition of the company’s 100th anniversary this year.
 
Bockrath is a former Cooper Findlay plant employee, where he most recently served as a Master Blackbelt in the continuous improvement department at the Findlay plant. Bockrath and his wife Margaret moved to Charleston, West Virginia in late June due to a job change for her. He is currently serving as a site quality manager for Klockner Pentaplast in Beckley, WV
 
“We're pretty excited that we won the car because my wife's 2004 vehicle was beginning to need more expensive work to maintain, and the Ford Focus is based on the same platform as her current car, so she feels very familiar with the way it performs and loves the overall look of the car.  We are very excited to have our ticket drawn,” said Bockrath.
 
“Our congratulations go to Neil as the winner of the vehicle, which has a value of more than $25,000,” said John Urbanski, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Hancock County.  “Yet, it is our entire community that wins when partners like Cooper step up to help us raise funds that assist people throughout Hancock County.  We appreciate Cooper’s very special gift in what is a milestone year for the company, and we are pleased that a former Cooper employee was the winner,” he concluded.