It was good timing for Stephanie Tang, DO, to get in line to purchase an
Opportunity Drawing ticket at the 2014 Holiday Festival Gala. Just ahead
of her was her Emergency Department colleague Eric Nakkim, MD, the previous
year’s winner. Pushing his luck, Nakkim entered once again using
the same winning strategy as before. After dropping in his just-purchased
tickets, he shared his formula with Tang.
“He said, ‘Buy five tickets and sprinkle them around the barrel,’”
She did just that. Two days later while driving to another holiday party
with her husband, Christopher Angemi, DO, also an ED physician, she noticed
she had a voice message. She remembered that the raffle was taking place
that afternoon, so when Torrance Memorial came up on caller ID, she had
a gut feeling there might be good news waiting.
When she checked her messages, the voice speaking was indeed Laura Schenasi,
executive vice president of the Torrance Memorial Foundation.
“Congratulations! You’re the winner of a 2015 Toyota Highlander
Hybrid Limited,” Schenasi said. “Almost better than winning
the car was the look on my husband’s face. His expression was priceless,
and he is not usually very excitable,” Tang says.
After learning the news, Nakkim was the first person to call Tang and welcome
her to the Opportunity Drawing winners’ club. Tang and Angemi soon
made the trip to Toyota Motor Sales’ USA headquarters in Torrance
to receive keys to their shiny, new, jade metallic SUV.
“Everyone at Toyota was fantastic and took the time out of their
busy work day to show us all of the wonderful features of the car,” she said.
The car has since become the family workhorse for taxiing their two toddlers
to and from preschool, the park and grandma’s house. “It gives
us peace of mind to know it’s always available to safely transport
the kids,” she says. “The gas mileage is also much better
than a regular SUV.”
Like Nakkim, Tang says she plans to enter the Opportunity Drawing again
this year and is optimistic about her chances of winning a second time.
She also encourages others to take a chance.
“I have never won anything like this before. I feel super lucky,”
she says. “If I can win, anyone can win. We want to express our
thanks to Toyota for making such a generous donation to the hospital through
the drawing. Even if you don’t win, you are still donating your
money to a great cause.”
Tickets are available for purchase now for the 2015 Holiday Festival Opportunity
Drawing. Proceeds benefit Torrance Memorial Medical Center. This year’s
grand prize is a Lexus RC350 (estimated value is $43,500) donated by Toyota
Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Second prize is a Holiday Festival certificate
tree (valued at $2,500). Third prize is $500 cash. Purchase one ticket
for $50, three for $100 or five for $150. The drawing will take place
on Sunday, December 6 at 3 p.m. The winner need not be present.
For more information, please call Torrance Memorial’s Foundation