Jubilee Car Winner Keeps It in the Family

What do you do when you win a brand new car, but don’t really need it? “Pay it forward,” said PJ Goodson.

That’s what PJ and her husband, Ray, did when they found out they won the Grand Prize in the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee’s Raffle: a choice of either a 2017 Nissan Altima, Buick Verano or Hyundai Sonata, courtesy of Rami Yanni, general manager of the Vacaville Buick GMC, Hyundai, Nissan and Dodge dealerships.

“We gifted the winning ticket to our son, Chase, and his wife, Tara (Sharifzadeh),” PJ explained. “We really didn’t need one; we had just inherited a car from Ray’s father, and our other children had just bought new cars.”  

The timing couldn’t have been better for Sharifzadeh, a Financial Account Rep with NorthBay Health at Home, and Chase, Help Desk Support Specialist for NorthBay Healthcare’s IT department.

“Chase and I had said that once I finished my master’s program, it would be time to look for a new car,” Sharifzadeh explained. After all, the one she had been driving since high school — a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder — had served her well all these many years.

And, as fate would have it, the night the winning ticket was pulled was also the night the Goodsons were gathered to celebrate Sharifzadeh’s graduation from that University of California,  Davis, master’s program. They only learned of PJ’s good fortune when friends — who saw the winning ticket pulled on Facebook live — started calling on their cell phones.

“I bought a raffle ticket at Open That Bottle Night, and then forgot all about it,” PJ explained. “We wanted to support NorthBay; we’re so grateful to have them in our community. NorthBay has had a huge impact on the Goodson’s overall health, in fact, they’ve kept us alive and kicking after several successful surgeries, and NorthBay continues to give back by supporting our local business, The Landmark Image. But, who buys a ticket expecting they’re actually going to win?”

So, how will Ray and PJs gift be paid forward? “We’re hoping the car is large enough for grandchildren,” PJ said with a wink.