Cecilia Mote of Nauvoo was the winner of this year’s shopping spree, and she grabbed $502.24 in groceries during her few minutes of hustling around Son’s Supermarket. Mote said she had purchased six tickets for $5 and was shocked to hear that her name had been drawn as the winner of the grocery grab.
“I couldn’t believe it,” she said.
Mote, who serves as deputy circuit clerk at the Walker County Courthouse, said she was at work when she found out.
“You could hear her scream all over the courthouse when they told her,” Walker County Circuit Clerk Susan Odom joked.
Mote added, “I was really excited.”
Winning this year’s shopping spree was extra special to Mote, who has battled breast cancer for much of the past year. After being diagnosed in November 2011, Mote began chemotherapy treatments in December and lost all of her hair by Christmas. She continued chemotherapy through March and said she’s just now starting to feel better.
“I’ve made it through it, and I am feeling better,” she said. “This thing today is probably the most exciting thing that I’ve ever had happen to me.”
Beckie Martin, treasurer of the Pilot Club, said members sold $1 tickets to enter in the drawing for the shopping spree. She said the annual event, which is in its 10th year, will raise around $1,500 for the club’s general fund. Martin said all of the money will go directly into local charities and services.
Jimmy Lee, owner of Son’s, said he is honored to hold the event at his store.
“We’ve been a part of it since the beginning, and it is always a lot of fun,” he said. “What amazes me is that each year the winner is usually someone who is very deserving of the shopping spree.”
The Pilot Club and Son’s Grocery split the tab for the groceries.
Gina Nichols, fundraising chair for the Pilot Club, said all of the members are grateful to the owners and staff of Son’s for their participation.
“Son’s does a lot for this community,” she said. “They do so much for us and for many other groups.”