History of Our Classic Mustang Raffle
Thirty seven years ago, Past-President Robert Metzger, a classic car enthusiast, attended a Board of Directors meeting where discussion focused on the need for a repeatable, significant fundraiser. Metzger suggested a classic car raffle. In 1986 and the first BXRC Mustang Raffle occurred. Top prize? A 1965 Mustang Convertible, blue with a white top. Sales began April and all 1,000 tickets were sold by early June! Over the years we have increased the number of tickets printed and we have extended the sales season to end on Veterans Day November 11th. The winning tickets are drawn at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month as a tribute to all veterans on Veterans Day.
One of our members works with our club to identify and restore the Mustang. About two years ahead of need, he starts vetting potential cars. He has been interested in Mustangs since 1975. As a career Naval Officer he traveled a great deal and was unable to actually own a Mustang until he was stationed in Washington DC in 1994. He has served as president of the National Capitol Region Mustang Club of America and currently owns a 1966 Mustang GT Fastback. He is also a Cobra Enthusiast and is a member of the regional Cobra Club. He is very pleased to be associated with the Baileys Crossroads Rotary Club and considers his restoration efforts as a way of giving back to the community.
The benefits of selling Mustang Raffle tickets in person include meeting the people in our community whom we serve – and meeting people who want to help others. Talking with those who want to give back to their community through active, hands-on service, we have met many “future Rotarians” whom we have welcomed to our club.
Over three decades of growth have proven the program’s success and sustainability that has raised more than $1.9 million for charity.