18th Annual Bill Kluesner Memorial Rotary Car Raffle
Our 2018 Winners
First Prize – Nicholus W. Solter from Columbia, MO
Second Prize – Jolyn Maune from Villa Ridge, MO
Third Prize – Mark Tobben from Washington, MO
The 1st prize winner of the 2018 Car Raffle is Nicholas Solter from Columbia Mo. He has chosen a new vehicle from Modern Auto Company. Rotariain John Vietmeier sold the winning ticket.
2nd prize for $1,000 is Rotarian Jolyn Maune from Villa Ridge, Mo (not shown) and 3rd prize for $500 is Dr. Mark Tobben from Washington, Mo. Rotarian Curt Holzem sold Dr. Tobben his ticket.
Seated from left to right, Nicholas Solter, Sharon Monzyk Rotary Car Raffle Chariperson and Dr. Mark Tobben. Second row is Ruffas Solter, grandfather of Nicholas, Rick Solter, father of Nicholas, Jim Feltmann from Modern Auto, Fritzi Alferman, Pregnancy Assistance Center, Liza Tobben, wife of Mark Toben and Rotariain Curt Holzem. Also shown is President Michelle Stone and other Rotary club members.
A total of 836 tickets were sold. The proceeds from this Car Raffle stays in the Community by donations to many charitable organizations, schools, annual Rotary Senior Trail Day and improvements with the Washington Parks Department like the new west extension of the Rotary Riverfront Trail.
The 3rd Place winners of the annual Washington Rotary Car Raffle, Dr. Mark and Liza Tobben donated their $500 prize to the Pregnancy Assistance Center in Washington. Shown is Dr. Mark Tobben, Fritizi Alferman, Director of the Pregnancy Assistance Center and Liza Tobben.
The Pregnancy Assistance Center is located at 310 International Ave in Washington. The center has been in operation for over 40 years and has 40 volunteers. It is a Family Planning and Alternative Center that offers classes and a large variety of care items for area families in need.
There Are Four Chances to Win:
- July – $1,000 Early-bird drawing (winner also eligible for Aug 5 drawing)
- August 5th – Grand Prize: $32,500 towards the NEW vehicle of your choice at Modern Auto in Washington, MO, or $25,000 Cash
- August 5th – $1,000: Second Prize
- August 5th – $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
2018 Car Raffle Committee Members
Sharon Monzyk – Chairperson