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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rotary club's raffle for classic car supports local charities

The 1966 candy apple-red Mustang GT convertible pictured here could be yours. The Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads is raffling off the car to raise money for its community service projects.

Raffle tickets can be purchased online for $25 apiece or five for $100. You can also buy tickets at various locations around the area where the car will be on display, including the Burke Centre Festival, Sept. 6-7;  National Harbor Place on Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Fairfax Corners on Saturdays 5-10 p.m.

The drawing takes place Sept. 14 at a car show at Occoquan Regional Park.You don’t need to be present to win.

The Rotary Club will use the proceeds from the raffle to aid the long list of charities it supports, including the Mason Police District Citizens Advisory Committee, the JEB Stuart High School and Glasgow Middle School Interact clubs, Thanksgiving dinners for needy families, Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter, college scholarships for Stuart graduates, holiday gifts for the elderly, Bethany House, Wounded Warrior Project, the Culmore Cleanup, and much more.

The Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club has been raffling off a Mustang for the past 28 years. “We discovered this is our niche,” says club President Harry Henderson. “People are interested in classic cars, and Mustangs have a certain panache. Also, there are a limited number of them out on the road. We have a committee that scours the earth to find them.”

Cars that are raffled are completely restored and are in excellent condition. “We want to make sure they’re drivable, not just show cars,” Henderson says.

The club usually pays about $25,000-35,000 for a car, repairs, and restoration and nets about $60,000-75,000 from the raffle.

Many of the people who buy tickets see the Mustang at various events and say their dad or older brother had one. “There’s a lot of nostalgia associated with it,” Henderson says, and kids are fascinated with some of the features in old cars, like the roll-up window handles. They always ask what those things are for.

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