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Car is his home for 30 days

ROANOKE — On June 20, Jonathon Fore of Dublin will hopefully be sitting alone in a shiny new car parked outside Valley View Mall in Roanoke.
As a contestant in the “Survive It to Drive It” contest sponsored by K92 radio station and Berglund Automotive, Fore has the chance to drive away in that new car. However, the key word is “survive.”
By June 20, he will have spent one entire month — as in 24 hours a day, seven days a week for four weeks — as a captive inside a motor vehicle.
And for most of that time, Fore won’t be alone.
Four other contestants from around the New River Valley, including a retired Army veteran from Radford, an exotic dancer from Roanoke, a Radford University sophomore from Roanoke and an accountant from Lynchburg, all will be vying for the same ultimate prize of a brand new set of wheels.
However, after one contestant was found with a cell phone in his pocket yesterday morning, he was disqualified, bringing the number of contestants down to five. Electronic devices, such as cell phones, Ipods, etc., are not allowed inside the car, and contestants may only use them during their 10-minute breaks at the top of every odd-numbered hour, or five-minute breaks at the top of every even-numbered hour.
Contestants are only allowed to have two personal items inside the car. In Fore’s case, he chose to bring a pillow for comfort and a book for entertainment. Unfortunately, after losing a contest challenge yesterday morning, his pillow and book were taken away for the next 24 hours, along with his food privileges. Speaking of food, Fore noted that businesses around Valley View have been donating meals to the contestants. He said that Panera has provided them with breakfast, and Carrabba’s Italian Grill has been serving them dinner.
To keep Fore from going hungry again after losing future contest challenges and to help him gain certain immunities in the contest, there is a way that members of the community can help. When announcements for “text challenges” air on K92, people can simply text in “Vote J” to 52353.
In addition, Fore said if there is more than one contestant left after the month is up on June 20, a vote-off will be held to choose the winner. Fore supporters can text in “Vote J” at that time as well if he is still in the running.
But who is Fore and why is he competing in this contest?
He is a 34-year-old who lives in Dublin with his wife, Kellie, and their two sons: Christian, an eighth grader, and Alex, a high school sophomore.
As for why he’s competing, Fore said that he’s doing it for his sons.

Fore had been an employee at Volvo’s New River Valley Plant in Dublin but was laid off in February 2007, called back to work in August, and is now among 1,100 Volvo employees who were laid off earlier this month, shortly after the union signed a new contract agreement with the company.
Fore said when he voted for the contract, he was told that he would not be laid off. Feeling comfortable that he would remain employed, he told his wife to start looking for a new vehicle, because, as the parents of two busy young athletes, one who plays AAU baseball and the other who plays AAU soccer, they were desperately in need of a second vehicle.
Unfortunately, Fore’s luck changed, and he is now unemployed, so once the opportunity to compete in this contest came along, he jumped on the chance, figuring he had nothing to lose.
As the end of his first week spent inside a vehicle draws to a close, Fore still remains confident that he can win, and at 6’6”, he thinks his biggest challenge will be sitting comfortably for a week in the back seat of a Ford Escape.
Along with spending a week in an Escape, he will spend the other three weeks in a Chevrolet Malibu, Toyota Camry and Jeep Compass, so by the end of the competition, the winner will have four different vehicles to choose from.
If he wins, Fore said that he will choose the Camry, mostly because of its reputation of having efficient gas mileage.
To view Fore and the other contestants live online, visit www.k92radio.com

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Car is his home for 30 days

ROANOKE — On June 20, Jonathon Fore of Dublin will hopefully be sitting alone in a shiny new car parked outside Valley View Mall in Roanoke.
As a contestant in the “Survive It to Drive It” contest sponsored by K92 radio station and Berglund Automotive, Fore has the chance to drive away in that new car. However, the key word is “survive.”
By June 20, he will have spent one entire month — as in 24 hours a day, seven days a week for four weeks — as a captive inside a motor vehicle.
And for most of that time, Fore won’t be alone.
Four other contestants from around the New River Valley, including a retired Army veteran from Radford, an exotic dancer from Roanoke, a Radford University sophomore from Roanoke and an accountant from Lynchburg, all will be vying for the same ultimate prize of a brand new set of wheels.
However, after one contestant was found with a cell phone in his pocket yesterday morning, he was disqualified, bringing the number of contestants down to five. Electronic devices, such as cell phones, Ipods, etc., are not allowed inside the car, and contestants may only use them during their 10-minute breaks at the top of every odd-numbered hour, or five-minute breaks at the top of every even-numbered hour.
Contestants are only allowed to have two personal items inside the car. In Fore’s case, he chose to bring a pillow for comfort and a book for entertainment. Unfortunately, after losing a contest challenge yesterday morning, his pillow and book were taken away for the next 24 hours, along with his food privileges. Speaking of food, Fore noted that businesses around Valley View have been donating meals to the contestants. He said that Panera has provided them with breakfast, and Carrabba’s Italian Grill has been serving them dinner.
To keep Fore from going hungry again after losing future contest challenges and to help him gain certain immunities in the contest, there is a way that members of the community can help. When announcements for “text challenges” air on K92, people can simply text in “Vote J” to 52353.
In addition, Fore said if there is more than one contestant left after the month is up on June 20, a vote-off will be held to choose the winner. Fore supporters can text in “Vote J” at that time as well if he is still in the running.
But who is Fore and why is he competing in this contest?
He is a 34-year-old who lives in Dublin with his wife, Kellie, and their two sons: Christian, an eighth grader, and Alex, a high school sophomore.
As for why he’s competing, Fore said that he’s doing it for his sons.

Fore had been an employee at Volvo’s New River Valley Plant in Dublin but was laid off in February 2007, called back to work in August, and is now among 1,100 Volvo employees who were laid off earlier this month, shortly after the union signed a new contract agreement with the company.
Fore said when he voted for the contract, he was told that he would not be laid off. Feeling comfortable that he would remain employed, he told his wife to start looking for a new vehicle, because, as the parents of two busy young athletes, one who plays AAU baseball and the other who plays AAU soccer, they were desperately in need of a second vehicle.
Unfortunately, Fore’s luck changed, and he is now unemployed, so once the opportunity to compete in this contest came along, he jumped on the chance, figuring he had nothing to lose.
As the end of his first week spent inside a vehicle draws to a close, Fore still remains confident that he can win, and at 6’6”, he thinks his biggest challenge will be sitting comfortably for a week in the back seat of a Ford Escape.
Along with spending a week in an Escape, he will spend the other three weeks in a Chevrolet Malibu, Toyota Camry and Jeep Compass, so by the end of the competition, the winner will have four different vehicles to choose from.
If he wins, Fore said that he will choose the Camry, mostly because of its reputation of having efficient gas mileage.
To view Fore and the other contestants live online, visit www.k92radio.com

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