BOSTON, MA (May 19, 2022) – There's another Bob Oakes in town. And he's all dressed up in glossy red.
Diane Abbott, a loyal listener and Sustainer, named the new car she won in WBUR's Sweepstakes after our longtime Morning Edition host. Her exchange of keys with the Boston Area Lexus Dealers was months in the making, as pandemic-era delays had pushed out the delivery of Abbott's 2022 Lexus NX Hybrid.
But the setback did little to dull the Needham resident's excitement at her new car, said Garvin Pavlosky, general sales manager at Lexus of Watertown.
"It's awesome to see her reaction – the joy."
The experience in Abbott's own words?
"Complete enjoyment," she said as she beamed from the driver's seat. Abbott reflected on the fact that in 2004 she donated her then vehicle to WBUR when it was in need of repairs. The full circle moment years later felt, well, car-mic.
"It just felt like the right thing to do at the time," said Abbott. "It was going to bring financing to an organization that I wanted to support."
As a Sustainer, Abbott was automatically entered to win the Calendar Year-End 2021 Fundraiser Sweepstakes, as with all sweepstakes, and is eligible for one thank-you gift each year. In the past, she opted for a pair of socks. This year, she got quite the upgrade.