News 2 announces winner of Salute and Support
The votes have been counted and a winner selected. On Friday, Dec. 6, beside the USS Yorktown, News 2 awarded a brand new 2014 Toyota Camry courtesy of Hendrick Toyota of North Charleston.
The 2013 Salute and Support winner is Eileen Hadbavny. She is a retired Air Force LT. Colonel who now spends her time as a Red Cross volunteer. Co-workers nominated Hadbavny, saying no one does more for the military community. News 2 wants to congratulate the other finalists: Vernell Dunmeyer and Lonnie Ford and all other veterans who were nominated.
Starting in October, News 2 encouraged viewers to nominate someone who has made a strong impact during their time of service or after returning to civilian life. The response was overwhelming. After careful consideration by a panel of judges (who were also former military personnel) the selection was narrowed down to three finalists: Lonnie Ford, Vernell Dunmeyer and Eileen Hadbavny.
Viewers were then able to vote for their favorite finalist by going to www.counton2.com through Wednesday, Dec. 4.
News 2 would like to extend a special thanks to Hendrick Toyota, Patriots Point, Cell Phones for Soldiers, Sticky Fingers and Wando High School JROTC.