Ford raffled to benefit veterans
STEVENSVILLE — Dave Walcott of Easton died of cancer about a year ago. Walcott, a native of Easton and memorable leader with the Easton Elks, Lodge 1622, served the community as many Elks members do, but he particularly honored military veterans who have served defending our nation and its values.
Walcott was quick to remind others of their responsibility to the folks that served in our armed forces, to foster a spirit of patriotism and Americanism in our communities. Before he died, Aug. 6, 2015, he made arrangements for his treasured 1955 Ford Fairlane, two-door, Crown Victoria, in mint condition, to be raffled to benefit the Elks National Veterans Service Commission, also called the “Army of Hope.”
The Army of Hope is designed to assist all veterans, including those wounded and families of those who died, together with current active military and reserve personnel. This idea of better serving veterans was a 2003 Elks Grand Lodge (national Elks organization) initiative to help fund veterans needs. All state associations would help fund and participate.
The state association of Elks, Maryland, Delaware and District of Columbia, are following Walcott’s wish. “So long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.” The Elks are a strictly volunteer organization, and all proceeds from this raffle will be used strictly for the purpose of benefitting those served by the Army of Hope, with no administrative costs.
Raffle tickets can be purchased at Elks lodges in Cambridge, Easton and Kent Island. Call Cambridge at 410-228-5679, Easton at 410-822-3344 of Kent Island at 410-643-2221.
Tickets are $20 each or six tickets for $100. The drawing will be held March 16, 2017, at the Newark Elks Lodge. Winner does not need to be present.
Checks for the raffle should be made payable to Newark Elks Lodge 2281, 42 Elks Trail, New Castle, DE 19720. For more information, call the Newark Elks at 302-328-2281, or Bob McIntyre at 302-540-2880.
This 1955 Ford Fairlane two-door Crown Victoria is being raffled to benefit veterans.