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Oprah finally delivers on 2 cars given to Valley pair

Published: Fri, October 14, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Oprah finally delivers on 2 cars given to Valley pair in 2010


Jaime Garayua, general manager of Stadium Volkswagen in Boardman, presented the keys to two 2012 Volkswagen Beetles to Kimberly Winfrey and Toles. The cars were purchased by Oprah Winfrey, and the taxes and fees were paid by Volkswagen.


Deryck Toles of Warren checks out the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L he picked up at Stadium Volkswagen in Boardman. He and Kimberly Winfrey of Warren were two of 275 audience members who received the prize during Oprah Winfrey’s “Ultimate Favorite Things” episode that aired in November 2010.

By Christine Keeling



Two Warren residents rolled off the lot as winners.

Kimberly Winfrey and Deryck Toles were presented keys Thursday at Stadium Volkswagen in Boardman for the 2012 Volkswagen Beetles they received as part of a giveaway package from an Oprah Winfrey’s “Ultimate Favorite Things” episode that aired in November 2010.

“I guess we all have Beetle stories,” said Jaime Garayua, general manager of the Stadium dealership. “Now Kim and Deryck have their first Beetle story.”

Kimberly Winfrey, no relation to the daytime talk-show host, was all smiles as she saw the tornado-red exterior of her new car.

“Wow! That is cool,” she said. “It’s gorgeous.”

When she hopped in to check out the black leather interior, she said she brought her iPod so she could hear how eight speakers sound on the way to pick her kids up from school. She was also excited to have heated mirrors.

For the second time in the Beetle’s history, the car has been redesigned by its German manufacturer. It touts a sportier design, extra cargo space and improved fuel economy, and is available in a 2.0L turbo model.

Oprah purchased the vehicles, which had a retail sticker of $21,665 each, for 275 audience members, and Volkswagen paid all the taxes and fees.

Winfrey and Toles say they didn’t know beforehand that they would be attending the coveted “Favorite Things” taping.

The daytime talk show picked the pair to come to Chicago after Kimberly Winfrey submitted a letter naming Toles as someone who inspires people. Toles, who attended Warren Harding High School and Penn State, is a former Indianapolis Colts player and founded Inspiring Minds in 2006. The nonprofit organization mission is to promote children’s dreams by exposing them to new experiences.

Toles, who admittedly is not too familiar with Oprah, thought he would get to hear a good speaker. Then, “Snow and glitter started coming” from the ceiling, “girls started crying,” said Toles. “I had no idea what was going on.”

Because Oprah wanted the audience to have the latest model, she showed them only a silhouette of the car. Audience members received many of Oprah’s favorite things, such as a Coach purse, $1,000 Nordstrom gift card and an iPad.

Toles said he kept the pots and pans he received and gave his mom a pair of pants, but the rest of the stuff and car will be auctioned to raise money for his organization.

Kimberly Winfrey said she plans to keep her car because she needs reliable transportation to get to her job in Hiram.

“All of Oprah’s favorite things are now my favorite things,” she said.

She said she plans to drive her 2005 Equinox in the winter.


1valleynative19(52 comments)posted 3 years ago

Didn't Toles make enough money from his failed NFL career, that he needed Oprah to give him a car? lol

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2whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years ago

Please tell us what you have accomplished in your life valleynative.

People like you remind me of a stick in the mud.

But of course misery loves, company....

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3jeratboy(127 comments)posted 3 years ago

valleynative, for what reason would you insult a person that is doing good things for the valley? We need more people like him and less people like you.

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4HOWARD307(12 comments)posted 3 years ago

valleynative- Evidently you pop off without accurate facts. Too bad, Mr Toles is a class act , is about giving his time -- a LOT - to help kids, and money is not his goal. His humility and humanity trumps your stupidity. Google Mr. Toles - he is all about giving , sharing, and inspiring.

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5Iwannamove(61 comments)posted 3 years ago

Uh duh he already said he was auctioning off the car to fund his organization so he isn't being greedy and taking the car geez

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years ago

"Oprah purchased the vehicles, which had a retail sticker of $21,665 each, for 275 audience members, and Volkswagen paid all the taxes and fees."

Free cars being sent to The Valley are always good ! I see that there is plenty of money in Chicago .

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7Woody(452 comments)posted 3 years ago

Maybe is Jay had been appointed car czar sooner, he could have gotten word through Obummer to Oprah that her favorite car is really a Lordstown buld Chevy Cruze.

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8jasoninohio(119 comments)posted 3 years ago

I wouldn't take a hand out from that pompous wench. The only thing Oprah cares about is Oprah.

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9southsidedave(4784 comments)posted 3 years ago

An interesting gesture for someone who is a billionaire.

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10shutyourface(246 comments)posted 3 years ago

Toles is a good guy. Valley your comment makes me laugh. Not only was this a guy a good player he has a foundation and is giving back. What have you done in the past to help the youth or your neighbor? Good job Toles.

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11Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years ago


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12keyaris(1 comment)posted 3 years ago

For anyone who thinks that a celebrity is obligated to buy American made anything needs to get in touch with reality. Oprah Winfrey and whomever else can do what they want to do with their money. Let me give you a hint it was her favorite things show. How about all of ya'll go outside and pull out all of the foreign parts that make up your AMERICAN made cars.

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13jfgiancola(158 comments)posted 3 years ago

Hey Freeatlast: Volkswagen does have assembly plants in the United States so those cars could be AMERICAN made!

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14VindyPost(436 comments)posted 3 years ago

A fantastic story!
High-5 to Oprah, Kim & Deryck!

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