AFTER BEING INJURED IN A FEBRUARY CAR ACCIDENT, LEESBURG’S ANDREW BACON NOW HAS THE COUPE OF HIS DREAMS
Special to the Journal
When Andrew Bacon’s parents drove him to his senior prom after an accident totaled his car earlier this year, he never imagined the Men’s Wearhouse tuxedo he wore could possibly lead to his next set of wheels.
That’s exactly what happened to this recent Randolph Southern School graduate-turned-Darton College student. On Saturday, Bacon received to a 2011 Chevy Camaro Coupe SS he won as part of Men’s Wearhouse’s national Prom Rep program and sweepstakes.
“At first, I couldn’t believe that I had won,” said Bacon, a Darton freshman who entered the contest at the Albany Mall in the spring. “I already felt lucky to walk away from the car wreck in February, and now I feel even luckier, thanks to Men’s Wearhouse. God has definitely blessed me; that’s for sure.”
Bacon, who lives at home and has driving one of his parents’ minivan when one is available, picked up his $38,000 imperial blue metallic V8 coupe with silver pinstripes from Prince Chevrolet of Albany, where General Manager Buddy Carver’s smile was nearly as big as Bacon’s on Saturday.
“We are just as happy as we can be to be part of this very special day for Andrew,” said Carver, noting that Camaros are the dealership’s hottest sellers.
Bacon said the color choice is something of a tribute to the black shirt and silver tie tux look he sported at prom. He said he had been car-shopping with the $3,000 or so he had saved when he got an unexpected telephone call about a month ago from Men’s Wearhouse.
“This changes a lot of things,” Bacon said, including his potential for dating.
“It’s time to meeting some college girls,” he joked.
An all-state prep pitcher for Randolph Southern who attended Lee County High School as a freshman and sophomore, Bacon says he does not have much free time, but that has not stopped him from already planning his first road trip. This weekend he plans to make the one-hour drive to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, where many of his friends now attend school.
As part of the Prom Rep program, participating students received 10 percent off their tux rentals for every friend who rented with Men’s Wearhouse, with 10 referrals earning the rep a free tux. Bacon received a free tux by referring more than 10 friends for tux rentals, which also automatically entered him into the sweepstakes. The Prom Rep program was promoted at more than 1,000 Men’s Wearhouse retail locations, as well as via Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, SMS messaging, and other social media channels.
Bacon was the contest’s U.S. winner; the company’s Moore’s Clothing for Men also selected a Canadian winner who will be awarded a car this week.
“The prom promotion culminated with a completely random drawing, and Men’s Wearhouse couldn’t have chosen a more deserving recipient than Andrew if we tried,” said Sam Stogner, VP of Formalwear Men’s Wearhouse. “Prom season is one of our busiest times of the year, and Andrew has been a wonderful brand ambassador for us. We are thrilled to thank him for choosing Men’s Wearhouse as his tux rental destination with the car of his dreams.”