Clayton Nalley and his grandmother, Jo White, strode into the Fiat of McKinney dealership late Wednesday afternoon all smiles. Just a few days ago, Nalley, 21, was riding a motorcycle to work and to his classes at Collin College. But, as of October 13, Nalley, who lives in Richardson, is driving a brand new Fiat instead.
Photo from Left: Jo White, Clayton Nalley, Tony Nevotti, General Manager of Fiat of McKinney and Dennis Heydanek, Board President of North Collin County Habitat for Humanity.
Nalley won the raffle for a new Fiat held during Habitat for Humanity’s annual fundraiser, the Taste of Collin County. Tony Nevotti, General Manager of Fiat of McKinney, handed over the keys for the sleek new vehicle to Nalley at Fiat of McKinney, 800 N. Central Expressway, on Wednesday.
Nalley said his grandmother worried about him commuting on his motorcycle, so she bought the first raffle ticket because if he won the new car, she felt her grandson would be safer. Encouraged by his grandmother, Nalley purchased another raffle ticket while attending the Taste of Collin County on Monday night, thinking it just might help his odds if he had two chances to win. But then Nalley had to leave the event before the winner of the car was announced.
“I sent my grandmother a text to see if I had won just as my name was announced as the winner. I just couldn’t believe it – I couldn’t sleep all of Monday night, Nalley said.
So where was the first place that Nalley was going to drive his new car?
“Gosh, I really hadn’t thought about that! I’m going to stop by my grandparent’s place so that my grandfather can see it, but then – I’ll have to think about that,” Nalley said.
Proceeds from the raffle, as well as the Taste of Collin County, benefit the North Collin County Habitat for Humanity.