A la cart

Published 8:19 pm Monday, September 27, 2010

Bruce Bowles, left, and Lydia Duke show off the golf cart being raffled by the Suffolk Rotary Club.

It’s not every day strutting your style and helping those in need go hand in hand.

That is exactly what will happen with each of the 2,500 tickets sold for the Suffolk Rotary Club annual vehicle raffle.

“Every penny of the money goes straight to charity,” said Bruce Bowles, who is organizing the raffle as a member of the club. “In this particular economic climate, it gets harder and harder for charities, and we truly believe in the ones we support.”

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The proceeds from each $10 ticket purchased will go to charity and gives the purchaser a chance to win a souped-up vehicle to cruise the town – rather, the neighborhood – in style.

This year’s vehicle features a custom lift kit, oversized tires and rims and custom graphics.

But it’s not what you might think.

This year’s vehicle is a Yamaha golf cart.

“We wanted to bring the ticket cost down and keep the business in Suffolk,” Bowles said.  “[The carts] have become popular vehicles, and you can use them just about everywhere. There are even some neighborhoods that have been approved.”

The golf cart marks a change from the club’s usual car or motorcycle giveaway.

The vehicle is from Carts Unlimited, with custom graphics by Grafik Trenz.

“It’s a very family-oriented vehicle,” Bowles said. “Kids love it. It really attracts their attention when we have it out.”

The vehicle also features a light kit, rear flip seat and windshield.

It will also be on display and tickets will be on sale at Peanut Fest. The raffle will be held at the festival on Oct. 10 around 5:30 p.m. on the main stage.

To purchase tickets in advance, visit AAMCO Transmissions, BB&T at North Main Street, Chris Robinson CPA, Copico, D.B. Bowles Jewelers, Duke Automotive, Farmers Bank in Harbour View or on Godwin Boulevard, Ferguson Rawls and Raines PC, Nansemond Insurance, Quality Cleaners on West Washington Street, Richardson and Nash Clothiers, Cross Realty, R.W. Baker Funeral Home, Suffolk First Bank on Bridge Road or Suffolk Insurance.

Since 2002, the raffle has been an annual event to raise money for Suffolk Rotary’s charity fund. In 2009, the group donated more than $46,000 to local and international charities, including Suffolk House, Western Tidewater Free Clinic, Boys and Girls Clubs, The ACCESS Program, Nansemond-Suffolk Historical Society, Suffolk Literacy Council, Nansemond-Suffolk Rescue Squad, Suffolk Meals on Wheels, Suffolk Youth Athletic Association, Girl Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America, Suffolk Art League – Art Camp, Edmarc Hospice for Children, Salvation Army, South Hampton Roads Habitat for Humanity, Suffolk Crime Line, The Genieve Shelter, Suffolk Family YMCA, scholarships, Suffolk Cheer Fund and Suffolk United Way.