Holiday cheer with a minivan

Photo by Alastair Baker

Left to right: Wesley and Tonya House,

owners of Beartooth Ford in Red Lodge

and Columbus, with Cedar Wood Villa

assistance director Alissa Buckstead

and Tabatha Lavallee, a C&A at Cedar Wood Villa.

A contest held by Beartooth Ford in Red Lodge to giveaway a minivan to a deserving individual or family culminated with not one, but two, very surprised recipients on Friday, Dec. 20. Tonya and Wesley House, owners of Beartooth Ford in Red Lodge and Columbus, presented Tabatha Lavallee, a CNA at Cedar Wood Villa, with a Windstar Ford after they chose the winning nomination sent in by assistance director Alissa Buckstead, RN at CedarWood. Buckstead had written in saying that the Lavallee family had only a Mustang to drive around in and this wasn’t reliable in the winter. The family also has two young daughters, Kiera and Skyla and Buckstead wanted them to travel in safer conditions. Lavallee was shocked to receive the vehicle, saying she “couldn’t receive anything better.” “I was not expecting this. This is pretty awesome,” she said. She called her husband Sean immediately. His reply to the news, “that’s insane.” Earlier the Houses’ had also presented another Windstar minivan to the runner-up couple, Lisa and Johnny Price at the Red Lodge Elk’s Lodge. Colleen and Wayne Stevenson nominated them, because of their involvement in the community, giving extra meat from their hunting trips to the elderly and giving the elderly rides. The Windstar Ford minivan has seating for 6 passengers and this will enable the Prices’ “to help people, and help us deliver food,” said Lisa. Johnny said, “It gives us an opportunity to do more. We’re very thankful.”