Torrance Memorial Foundation board member David McKinnie and his wife,
Kak, tested their luck at the 2016 Holiday Festival Gala. With no strategy
in mind, they purchased five Holiday Festival opportunity drawing tickets
and hoped for the best. Coincidently, the winners of the 2013 and 2014
opportunity drawing also happened to purchase five tickets when they entered.
Five must be the lucky number. Days later, Kak received an unexpected
call from Laura Schenasi, executive vice president of the Torrance Memorial
Foundation. “Congratulations! You’re the grand prize winner
of the opportunity drawing,” Schenasi told her. “I had no
idea what we had won,” says Kak. “I knew there was a car at
the Holiday Festival, but I didn’t know that was our prize. When
Laura said we won the Lexus, I was so surprised, I cried.”
Kak immediately called David at work to share the good news. “I wasn’t
expecting for us to win. We were really lucky, especially since they told
us they sold a lot more tickets this year (2016),” says David.
In fact, 2016 was a record for opportunity drawing ticket sales—raising
$64,000 in proceeds. The McKinnies soon made the trip to Toyota Motor
Sales’ USA headquarters in Torrance to pick up their shiny, new
2017 Lexus RX350.
“It was a pleasant experience working with Toyota, and it was very
generous of them to make such a large donation to Torrance Memorial,”
David says. “The Lexus RX350 is beautiful. Like the quality of service
at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, the quality of Lexus speaks for itself.”