Roy Fu, MD, hospitalist and physician advisor, has worked at Torrance Memorial
Medical Center since June 2009 and has attended the annual Holiday Festival
Gala with his wife, Denise, for the past five years. When Fu received
the Holiday Festival Opportunity Drawing ticket forms in the mail with
his invitation to last year's Gala, he was captivated by the picture
of a red Lexus RC350, the grand prize of the drawing. He decided to take
a chance and immediately filled out the form. When he turned it in to
the Foundation office, he surprised himself by purchasing six more tickets
(for a total of 15).
Fu knew the possiblity of winning a prize was small. However when he received
an email the Monday after the drawing from Laura Schenasi, executive vice
president of the Torrance Memorial Foundation, he had to take a deep breath
and make sure he was reading it correctly. His ticket had been selected
as the winner of a shiny 2015 Lexus RC350.
"I am not what I would call a lucky person - I don't usually enter
raffles or play lottery tickets, and I only occasionally gamble when I
go to Vegas. This is obviously the biggest prize I have ever won in my
life," says Fu. "It was a very pleasant surprise."
He then immediately called Denise to share the good news. She was much
more surprised than he, because she didn't know he had entered the
drawing in the first place.
After a few emails with the representative from Toyota Motor Sales, USA,
Inc., Fu made his trip to the dealership and received keys to his new,
sporty, black metallic coupe. Denise has since been the primary driver
of the new wheels and has used it to commute to work.
"I have always believed that Toyota and Lexus make great cars. This
RC350 is a very powerful two-door sports car and we both enjoy driving
it," Fu says. "The entire process was also very straightforward
with no hassels."
As an enthusiatic supporter of the hospital and a member of the Young Physicians
and Professionals Alliance, he has been active at participating in YPPA
events and recently sponsored the first Casino Night this past April.
Fu says he will definitely enter the drawing again next year.
"The Opportunity Drawing is for a good cause, with funds raised going
to the renovation of the North Patient Tower to help mothers and babies,"
he says. "It is my pleasure to donate money to Torrance Memorial
because I enjoy working here and supporting the hospital."
Fu continues, "This year Lady Luck smiled on me and I was very grateful
to have won the car. I don't know how lucky I would have to be to
win another one, but I plan to keep supporting the hospital."