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West Lincoln band raffles off Mustang

A 2005 Mustang could be yours for only $10. You even get to pick its color.
West Lincoln High School band students will be selling 3,500 $10 raffle tickets from now until April, and one lucky winner walks home with the new car, which is donated by Armstrong Ford in Hickory.
“This will be the biggest fund-raiser West Lincoln band parents have taken on in quite some time,” said Jack Horner, the band’s director.
The car is courtesy of Terry Moore, owner of Armstrong Ford, and proud band grandparent and 30 year employee, Bill Clark.
Clark’s daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Gene Johnson helped with the brainstorming. They are both strong supporters of their daughter’s “underdog” band. They are both working to change its image.
“It’s going to take some time, but we hope to do it,” she said. “They’re a small band. They lost a lot of seniors last year, and they lost a bunch more this year.”
Money from the fund-raiser will go towards a number of things including building a new practice field and getting a better paint job for the band van.
“It looks a little tired,” said Horner.
It will also help with a band trip to Washington, D.C. and the Shenendoah Apple Blossom Festival in Virginia where the band will perform.
“Bands work their tails off and then don’t get a lot of recognition for what they do,” said Horner. “The trip is a reward for them.”
It’s been six years since the band made a trip of this kind, and students are excited.
The itinerary includes a day and evening in Washington, D.C. soaking in the sights, a day in Winchester, Va. performing at the festival and a day where students “just have a whale of a time” at Kings Dominion Amusement Park.
Before the fun starts, however, band members will have to get on the street and sell those raffle tickets.
The lucky winner will not only be able to choose the color of the 2005 Mustang, he or she will also be able to soup it up. Not happy with a simple Mustang? Upgrade it to a Mustang GT.
“They can put some extra money into it and equip it better, although it’s perfectly well equipped to begin with,” said Horner.
“Perfectly well equipped” includes power windows, power steering and brakes, a compact disc player and radio along with other amenities.
The car is definitely a big donation from some very supportive people.
“She’s his only granddaughter and he’s supporting his baby girl,” Michelle Johnson said of her father.
by Sarah Grano

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