"You couldn't have written a better script" - Berea native wins car on game show, welcomes son into the world

Berea native Michelle Raney is shown with host Wayne Brady in a screenshot of the April 22, 2020 episode of Let's Make a Deal.

When the Hogg Therapy team were accepted to be in the audience of ‘Lets Make a Deal’ they never dreamed they would turn out to be the winners.

They simply hoped they might get the chance to compete on the show.

To their surprise, Michelle Raney, co-owner of Hogg Therapy, made it onto the show in September of 2019.

Not only did she compete, Raney came out the winner with a brand new 2019 Ford Fiesta SE equipped with a full sports package.

Raney said even though her team didn’t think they would actually win the game, they had made a pact that if they won anything, they would put the money back into their Richmond clinic.

Hogg Therapy offers pediatric therapy which includes occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, physical therapy, and feeding therapy to those in Madison County and the surrounding areas. The team knew if they won, they would want to put their earnings back into their business, something they all strongly believed in.

“It was an extra surprise and a blessing to win the car,” Raney said.

However, the show did not air until April 2020 and Raney did not receive her car until then.

When the car finally arrived, it was the start of the coronavirus pandemic and neither herself, nor any of her team were in need of a new car.

“We all felt like it could be a cool thing to sell the car and use the money to donate back to families and kids who maybe couldn’t afford therapy or therapy equipment… That meant a lot more than just keeping the money,” Raney said.

The car is currently listed for sale on Facebook, and cars.com where the team is still looking for offers. Raney said the car will go to the highest bidder, but they are hoping for at least $16,500.

With the proceeds from the sale of the car, Hogg Therapy is going to team up with acommunity partner and non-profit organization, The Joy Project, and create a grant. Raney explained the grant money will be go towards local kids with special needs and that most anyone is eligible.

“Therapy is so crucial for some children’s development especially children with special needs,” Jennifer Fowler, co-owner of Hogg Therapy, said in a press release. “We are so excited to be able to donate the money to a non-profit and help local kids who otherwise would not be able to get these much-needed services.”

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