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East Dundee resident Jean Collingbourne is now owner this 2013 White Sox-themed smart Pure Coupe donated by Mercedes-Benz OrlPark after

East Dundee resident Jean Collingbourne is now the owner of this 2013 White Sox-themed smart Pure Coupe, donated by Mercedes-Benz of Orland Park, after she won a raffle sponsored by White Sox Charities. | Submitted

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Updated: November 4, 2013 7:10AM

EAST DUNDEE — Jean Collingbourne went to her first White Sox game about a decade ago. But it wasn’t until the birth of her grandson, now 4, that the East Dundee resident’s family became die-hard fans.

“When he was a baby, we’d turn on a game when we were rocking him to sleep. He’d scream his head off watching the Cubs, but watching the White Sox — the timbre of the announcer’s voice calmed him down. So we really got hooked then,” she said with a laugh.

Now Collingbourne has even more reason to appreciate the major league baseball team. She was randomly selected as the winner of the nearly season-long Chicago White Sox Charities raffle for a 2013 White Sox-themed smart Pure Coupe, donated by Mercedes-Benz of Orland Park.

Collingbourne bought her raffle ticket online in July.

“The White Sox Charities is a very good organization, and I didn’t have enough money to be bidding on the things they were auctioning off,” she said. “Those were starting at $500, $600, $700. But I could afford a $10 ticket. So I bought one to support them.”

Between May 10 and Aug. 30, the White Sox sold more than 3,500 raffle tickets, raising more than $35,000 for White Sox Charities, the team’s philanthropic arm, according to a press release.

CWSC provides financial and emotional support to hundreds of Chicago-based organizations, including those leading the fight against cancer, dedicated to improving the lives of youth through recreation and education, health and wellness, and those offering support to children and families in crisis, the release said. It has donated more than $17 million since its inception in 1990, it said.

Collingbourne recently got the phone call from the organization to let her know of the win.

“As soon as I answered the phone and someone said, ‘Is this Jean?’ and they started to say where they were calling from I realized right away the drawing had been held that day. I immediately started crying,” she said. “It was a little overwhelming.”

The White Sox presented Collingbourne with her new car, decked out with Sox logos and script on all sides, on the field prior to the Sept. 26 game vs. the Kansas City Royals.

The car was be sent back to the dealership for detailing and cleaning since it’s been on display at U.S. Cellular Field. Collingbourne likely will pick up her new car this week.

She’s had fun teasing her brother — whose household roots for the Cubs — on what she plans to do with the car once she gets it.

“I told him I’m going to park it in his driveway for a week.”

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