17th Annual Bill Kluesner Memorial Rotary Car Raffle
Get ready because ticket sales for our Annual Rotary Car Raffle start April 1, 2017! Sales will continue until the date of the drawing on August 6, 2017.
Only 1,000 tickets will be sold at $100 each so be sure to ask your Rotarian friend for a ticket. The drawing for the car will be at the Washington Town and County Fair. Learn more about the history of the Car Raffle here.
There Are Four Chances to Win:
- July 6th – $1,000 Early-bird drawing (winner also eligible for Aug 7 drawing)
- August 6th – Grand Prize: $32,500 towards the NEW vehicle of your choice at Modern Auto in Washington, MO, or $25,000 Cash
- August 6th – $1,000: Second Prize
- August 6th – $500: Third Prize
How It All Started
In 2000, President, Debbie Door was approached by the Washington Athletic Association to help support the construction of a concession stand for the soccer fields. Searching for fund raising ideas, by working with Rotarians Steve Sullentrup and Bill Kluesner, they heard about a car raffle the Warrenton Rotary Club had previous done successfully.
Steve and Bill enjoyed Corvettes and had the idea to purchase a corvette directly from a corvette dealer and raffle off the corvette to raise funds for the concessions stand. Road trips to Kansas City and Kentucky were made by Steve, Bill and Dave Frick from 2000 to 2006, searching for that perfect affordable Corvette.
August 2001, 1st year sales of 916 tickets were sold. The success of this car raffle covered 50% of the $80,000 cost of the concessions stand. Overall cost of the concession stand was very low due to the strong labor support given by members of the Washington Rotary Club. Many of these tickets were sold by Rotarian, Bill Kluesner.
In September 2003, Rotarian Bill Kluesner passed away. Since Bill was so supportive of the car raffle and sold many tickets, the name of the Car Raffle was changed to the Annual Bill Kluesner Memorial Car Raffle.
Donations from the all car raffles have been given to the Washington Parks Department for other improvements like the playground equipment with rubber base for the High Street Playground and support for the Rotary Riverfront Trail.
Starting in 2007, because the cost to purchase the Corvettes became more expensive and there was concerns that we could not offer any warranties, the Rotary Club started working with John Feltmann from Modern Auto for the purchase of an new vehicle with a value up to $32,500 or the current cash prize of $25,000. This is the Washington Rotary Club’s largest fund raiser. Funds received from this raffle stay in the community.
History of Car Raffle Committee Leaders
2017 Car Raffle Committee Members
Sharon Monzyk – Chairperson