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Lodi’s Ebenezer Church to raffle classic Dodge Charger for charity

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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 12:00 am

If you’ve always wanted to own a classic muscle car, you’ll have your chance this weekend. Ebenezer Church will raffle off a 1971 Dodge Charger at 2 p.m. Saturday at BBVA Compass Bank, 1150, W. Kettleman Lane.

The winner will not only leave with a classic car, but will help a number of local charities supported by the church’s outreach programs.

Organizer Chuck Webber said 20 percent of the proceeds will go toward local charities such as One-Eighty Teen Center and Lodi House, 60 percent will go to the church and the final 20 percent will go toward raffling another car next year.

Other charities that will benefit from the raffle include the San Joaquin AIDS Foundation in Stockton, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Child Abuse and Foster Care in Modesto, Galt Rotary Club, Real Men’s Club of Galt, and Shepherds Gate in Livermore and Brentwood.

Part of the church’s 60 percent will be used to start a new music ministry backed by dozens of area churches, Webber said.

Webber said about $2,000 in tickets has already been sold. Tickets are available at a variety of local businesses like Pine Auto Supply and Java Stop, among others.

Tickets will be available until the drawing at 2 p.m., he said.

“The reality is we want to give back to our community,” Webber said, adding that he and three other volunteers have put in more than 2,500 hours promoting the car and doing community outreach for the charities they hope to benefit.

The Charger was donated in June, and since that time Webber, Mitch Tveldt, Deni Duncan and Brad Williamson have attended a variety of events and shows to spread the word of their efforts.

The Charger, donated by a Lodi resident, has a rebuilt V-8 engine, new paint and dashpad cover, bucket seats, new stereo, carpet and headliner, among other features.

Parts were donated by S & A Auto Sales, Pine Auto Supply and Graffigna Bros.

Saturday’s raffle will be held alongside a white elephant party at BBVA Compass from noon to 2 p.m. A white elephant party involves guest bringing a gift for another guest, but it is unknown who will get that particular gift. Guests draw numbers out of a bowl or hat, then pick out the gift with that number on it.Guests are encouraged to bring a present in order to enter a free raffle for a variety of prizes donated by local businesses and residents.

MacKenzie Freed, Miss San Joaquin County 2013, will draw the winning raffle ticket for the Charger. Freed will also draw a second place ticket. That ticketholder will win a gazebo from Lowe’s of Lodi worth $500.

Morgan Heim, Miss Teen San Joaquin County 2013, will draw prizes for the white elephant raffle.

Webber said the raffle could not have happened as scheduled without the help of the local businesses that donated parts for the Charger, as well as individuals who helped.

He said those included Dean Gealke, Donnie Holden and Arthur Shanklin of Lodi, as well as Harrison’s Auto Electric of Stockton.

Webber said next year’s car will be a 1973 Dodge Charger donated by a Stockton resident.

For more information, call Webber at 209-663-8493, email winamopar@yahoo.com or visit www.winamopar.com.

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