Ford raf­fled to ben­e­fit vet­er­ans

Record Observer - - Community - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

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.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

This 1955 Ford Fair­lane two-door Crown Vic­to­ria is be­ing raf­fled to ben­e­fit vet­er­ans.

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