Published on August 26, 2022

Loyal Ticket Purchaser Wins New Car in Forrest General Foundation Raffle

Jeanie Gail Bowman picked up the keys to her 2022 Honda Pilot SE Friday morning as the winner of this year’s Forrest General Healthcare Foundation Win This Car! raffle.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (August 26, 2022) Jeanie Gail Bowman of Hattiesburg is the winner of a new, 2022 fully-loaded Honda Pilot SE, thanks to the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation Win This Car! raffle.

On Thursday, August 25, Elizabeth Schwartz, chairman of the Foundation board, drew Bowman’s name from the 1,600 tickets sold. Proceeds from this year’s raffle benefits ongoing projects at Asbury Hospice House, Forrest General Healthcare Foundation’s latest project. The announcement was made following a live drawing at Pine Belt Honda.

An excited Bowman picked up the keys to her Honda Pilot SE on Friday morning. As she inspected her new vehicle, Bowman talked about all the congratulations she, and even her grown children, had received, on the win. She also noted that the gas tank is now on the opposite side from the car she’s been driving. After receiving the winning phone call, Bowman searched the Honda website to study the many features of the SUV.

Bowman, who purchased two tickets, said she called this past Monday to purchase another ticket or two only to learn the raffle was already sold out. Bowman has purchased two tickets every year since the raffle began in 2016.

Like others, Bowman said she and her husband, Jeff, support various charitable organizations with no expectation of anything in return. “It’s never bothered me that I never won, because it’s such a good cause. But now that I have won, it’s fun,” she said. “When I drive off I think I’m going to feel like I’m borrowing the car from the Forrest General Foundation.”

Funds raised from the campaign will be used for continuing the work at the Asbury Hospice House. Asbury, located on 40th Avenue in Hattiesburg, offers a home-like setting where staff can address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of each patient and their family. This inpatient facility provides a comforting atmosphere where families can gather and prepare in dignity.

“We have identified some additional needs, after six years with Asbury, that we need to address,” said Martha Dearman, executive director of the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation. “It’s ways we can help our patients and their families, which is so much a part of hospice care. I feel incredibly humbled by the overwhelming generosity and continued support of our community and Forrest General’s employees. We feel incredibly passionate about this initiative, and we’re glad to see the Hattiesburg community supporting it, as well.”

For more information about the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation and the current campaign, visit forresthealth.org/giving.


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