2014-04-02 / Farm & Ranch

Hernandez Family wins 2013 John Deere Drive Green Grand Prize


LANCE NEUHAUS (LEFT), OWNER OF NEUHAUS & COMPANY, LTD., presented the 2013 John Deere Drive Green grand prize tractor package to Daniel Olivarez, Erica Hernandez and their two children during the dealership's Drive Green Challenge event on Saturday, March 29, in Harlingen. LANCE NEUHAUS (LEFT), OWNER OF NEUHAUS & COMPANY, LTD., presented the 2013 John Deere Drive Green grand prize tractor package to Daniel Olivarez, Erica Hernandez and their two children during the dealership's Drive Green Challenge event on Saturday, March 29, in Harlingen. Erica Hernandez takes home John Deere sub-compact utility tractor, loader, mower.

OLATHE, Kansas - Excited doesn't begin to describe Erica Hernandez from Raymondville, Texas, when she received the good news on her cell phone. The call was from John Deere, saying she had won the 2013 Drive Green Giveaway grand prize of a new 1023E Sub-compact Utility Tractor with D120 Loader and Frontier GM 1060 Rear Grooming Mower.

Actually, it didn't take long after the call for the entire family to be ecstatic, Hernandez says, because she immediately called her husband.

Hernandez, her husband, Daniel Olivarez, and two children were all together when they received the grand prize tractor package from Lance Neuhaus, owner, Neuhaus & Company, Ltd., in Raymondville, Texas, during the dealership's Drive Green Challenge Event on Saturday, March 29.

Hernandez, whose husband works for a neighboring grain and cotton farmer, says they signed up for the promotion last summer when Neuhaus & Company hosted its Drive Green Challenge event at the grand opening of its new dealership. "Daniel has been farming for 10 years and is always into equipment," she says. "Our entire family is that way about John Deere equipment and we were all super excited when we found out that we had won. Daniel, especially, was like a kid at Christmastime when he realized what all we were getting."

The family intends to use the John Deere Sub-compact Utility Tractor, loader and grooming mower around their home property and to help with farm chores whenever possible. Lance Neuhaus says the dealership is proud that the 2013 Drive Green grand prize winner is one of their customers.

"We've known Erica, Daniel and the family for a long time and couldn't be happier for them," he says. "It worked out great that we could award them their grand prize during our Drive Green Challenge event this weekend at our Harlingen dealership. It was a great way to celebrate the occasion."

Neuhaus says for this year's Drive Green Challenge program, John Deere is giving away a grand prize of a 3023E Compact Utility Tractor with loader and mower package. He hopes this year's grand prize winner will also be from South Texas.

Complete details on the Drive Green Challenge events and program can be found at www.JohnDeere.com/dri vegreen.

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