Oprah Gives Cars to Entire Studio Audience
09/13/2004 AT 05:00 PM EDT
"No dream is too wild, no surprise too impossible to pull off," Winfrey, 50, said during the telecast, which featured a "Wildest Dreams Come True" theme.
The $7 million giveaway came courtesy of General Motors, which provided the Pontiac G6 sports sedans as part of a promotional deal with the Chicago-based show, a spokeswoman for Winfrey's Harpo Productions told Reuters.
Winfrey began the show by singling out 11 audience members, and announced that they each had won a car. The remaining audience members then received gift boxes, and Winfrey said there was a set of keys for a 12th free car in one of the boxes.
When they opened the boxes, everyone had a key.
"Everybody gets a car! Everybody gets a car! Everybody gets a car!" Winfrey exclaimed.
Most members of the audience were specially selected from letters sent in advance by viewers who were in need of a new car, or from letters sent by the viewers' friends and family.
Oprah's largesse didn't stop there: She also gave away a four-year college scholarship, $10,000 wardrobe and makeover to a young woman who spent her teen years in foster care and homeless shelters. A family with eight foster children was also presented with a new house full of furniture and electronics, plus a $130,000 check to cover their mortgage and home repairs.