FRANKFORT — A local woman won two tickets to a Patriots game through UniFirst Co., calling it a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Armindy McFadden said she learned she had been nominated anonymously to take part in the drawing, so she entered her name.

Two days before Christmas, she received the call from UniFirst telling her she won the raffle. Going to a Patriots game has been on her bucket list since she was 18, she said. She grew up in the Tom Brady era and said she will always associate him with the Patriots, despite his transfer to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a couple of years ago.

Her son, Joey McFadden, who is also a big Patriots fan, is turning 21 Jan. 9, so she thought it would be a good birthday present to take him, she said. As a single mother she always tries to make holidays and birthdays special.

Since the pandemic started, she has worked on average 60 to 75 hours a week between the two residential facilities she manages, Frankfort Assisted Living Facility and Jed Prouty Assisted Living Center. She also runs three businesses of her own, Lobster Joe Inc., Joe’s Jam N Berries and Happy Homes Enterprises.

The mother of two said she does not have many opportunities to take a day off or sleep in. Her bosses worked with her so she could take the day off Dec. 26 to go to the game against the Buffalo Bills. She only took one day off, driving a total of 10 hours to the game and back afterward, arriving home at around 10:30 p.m.

“My bosses were so, so thrilled for me, all of my bosses, my staff, everybody told me I am most deserving,” she said. “I feel really humbled and blessed and thankful.”

UniFirst, the official uniform supply company of the New England Patriots, was founded in 1936 and has become an industry leader in the U.S. and Canada, according to a Dec. 29 press release. It provides managed uniforms, protective clothing and custom corporate image apparel programs to businesses.

McFadden won one set of four club-level Patriots tickets UniFirst is giving away to local employees and business owners, the press release said.

“Many New England-based businesses are working harder than ever to stay up and running in today’s challenging business climate, so we thought it was appropriate to reward their hard work by giving away much sought-after Patriots tickets,” UniFirst Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing David Katz said. “Recognizing these deserving fans and local businesses is but one of the many ways UniFirst emulates the Patriots’ impressive track record of ‘giving back’ to the communities we serve.”

McFadden watched the game from the Putnam Club Lounge after kickoff, she said. There was an alumni signing with former defensive end Jarvis Green at half-time. She and Joey were able to take a photo with some cheerleaders at the stadium.

She is grateful for the whole experience and had nothing but positive interactions along the way, she said. “And we were just treated with absolute wonderful kindness the whole time,” she said. “… It was the most memorable, wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience, for sure.”

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