Almond Bowl Car Giveaway Winner picked on Friday Night

Miguel Jauregui is the winner of the Chico Nissan-Hyundai car giveaway at the Almond Bowl. He purchased 12 tickets and won the car. The two schools raised $250,000 dollars.

Posted: Oct 23, 2021 12:14 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The 50th Almond Bowl kicked off tonight between Pleasant Valley and Chico High.

The car giveaway at halftime has become part of the tradition.

The Almond Bowl has Asgard Yard at P.V. full of players, students, and families. This year at halftime, the car giveaway
finally took place on the field.

"Miguel Jauregui, the winner is Miguel Jauregui."

Jauregui was the lucky winner Friday night of the car donated by the Chico Nissan-Hyundai dealership.

A value of over $20,000 dollars.

"My son Tony is a freshman and playing football and this is my first year participating in it," he said, holding his winning certificate. "I bought 11-12 tickets and I'm glad it worked out and it feels great to be a winner."

"Everything we do and why we're here is for the kids," said President of the PV Parents Boosters Club, Laura Daugherty.

"Much greater than that it's supporting all athletes, it doesn't just support football it's supporting our entire athletic program," said Chico High Vice-Principal Brandon Kessler.

Both Chico High and PV know how big of a help financially this fundraiser is to their schools.

"Without it, we wouldn't be able to have a lot of the amazing things that are behind me right now," he said.

Especially after the pandemic hindered many fundraising events last year.

"'Cause I mean just last year alone we couldn't do little fundraisers, and Chico Nissan-Hyundai was so generous and during Covid year they still donated a car for us," said Daugherty.

This year the car giveaway raised $250,000.

"About close to $2.5 Million dollars we've raised since 2009," she said.

One winner is lucky enough to take one of these cars home, whichever one they choose.

Another thing the pandemic has impacted is the car industry, and the owner of Chico Nissan-Hyundai, Brian Bowen says he had to save two new cars just for the Almond Bowl because he ran out.

"As soon as they come off the truck, they're sold," said Bowen.

Both players and staff are glad this year kicked off, without a hitch.

"Go Chico! On both sides," said Jauregui.

Bowen lent the cars to the two schools to help in fundraising but other than that, they are brand new.

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