Caroline Durr wasn't sure if she wanted to go to the Friends of Jack Foundation's gala last weekend. "It was my mother's birthday, and she had passed away four years ago, I kind of wanted to just sit home and be sad," said Caroline.

Her husband, Troy, had received tickets to the event from his friend Chapman Dickerson. After some convincing, Caroline got up, got ready, and went to the Bay Club in Mattapoisett for a night out.

They enjoyed the food and conversation and left about an hour after dinner to get home to their three-month-old baby. Later than night, Caroline's name was called as the grand prize winner of the 2021 Toyota Camry from Toyota of Dartmouth, and they had no idea they won. It wasn't until the next morning that the Durrs woke up to the great news.

"I keep saying this has been serendipitous," Caroline said. "Troy totaled his car earlier this year. We weren't expecting to buy a car, so we had to finance the taxes and the registration. It gave us a ridiculously high car payment, which was hard with the new baby.

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Caroline heads back to her job next week as a New Bedford school teacher at the Parker School. Troy Durr works in site management for J.P. Lanigan and is a volunteer firefighter for the Town of Mattapoisett. Durr also runs the very popular SouthCoast Seafood Facebook group which connects lobster boat fishermen with the general public, facilitating seafood sales right from the boats.

Caroline Durr said that now she is a mother, the mission of the Friends of Jack means even more to her. "I find myself becoming much more sensitive to those types of things," she said. "When Jill (Fearons) was sharing her story about having to be med flighted to Boston with her son, it is just gut wrenching to me now that I'm a mom."

Durr said the people at Toyota of Dartmouth couldn't have been nicer. "They were so genuinely happy that we won. My husband and I are definitely going to buy our next car there, we'll be customers for life," she said.

Downtown New Bedford Then and Now

The development of Downtown New Bedford has happened slowly and steadily. It's not something that happened overnight, but New Bedford has changed quite a bit over the past 10 or so years. Here's a look at then and now.