Downtown Garage seeks nominations for “Wheels to Prosper” program

Previous winners of Downtown Garage’s Wheels to Prosper car giveaway. Nominations for the 2022 giveaway, the winner of which will receive a refurbished 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan, are due August 30. (File photo)

Downtown Garage in Milford wants to make a difference in someone’s life.

Downtown Garage is accepting nominations for the “Wheels to Prosper” program for residents of Milford and surrounding areas. Write a letter explaining why someone you know deserves to win a refurbished 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan.

The Wheels to Prosper program initiative rewards a deserving individual in the community with a car that has been fully serviced and in good working order. Since 2011, more than 200 cars have been distributed to participating auto shops across the country.

“The last few years have brought a lot of turmoil and need to Michigan after the economic problems we’ve been experiencing,” said Karen Wielkopolan, owner of Downtown Garage. “I try to make a difference in any way I can, giving a deserving person/family in the Milford area the chance to win a refurbished vehicle.” The ideal person/family, she continued, is someone who doesn’t think of themselves but still cares for others.

Wielkopolan joined the Wheels to Prosper program in 2015, and since then it has expanded to other stores nationwide. Go to for more details.

Downtown Garage staff teamed up with body shop owner Dave Ellis of Ellis Brothers Collision to inspect and recondition a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan so it looks and drives like new.

Appointment letters may be mailed to Downtown Garage, “Wheels to Prosper”, 120 W. Huron Street, Milford, MI 48381. Appointment letters should include the following: name, address and number telephone number of the person making the application; the candidate’s name, address and telephone number; information on why your candidate needs or deserves to be awarded a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan.

All nomination letters must be postmarked no later than August 30. They may also be submitted electronically by logging onto the Downtown Garage website at Electronic submissions must be received by August 30 at midnight.

All nominations will be reviewed and one deserving individual will be selected to become the new owner of the 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan. The chosen nomination will be announced and the new car will be awarded at Downtown Garage in Milford.

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