Rotarians hold cart raffle

Published 9:56 pm Saturday, September 3, 2011

Cart: Bruce Bowles, Suffolk Rotary Club raffle chairman, shows off the souped-up golf cart up for grabs in a club fundraiser. Tickets are $10 each. The drawing will be held at Peanut Fest.

If you’re in the market for a golf cart, the best deal of the year could come from the Suffolk Rotary Club.

For the second year, the club is raffling a souped-up golf cart to raise money for its charitable programs.

“It’s one of our charity fundraisers,” said Bruce Bowles, the raffle chairman for the club.

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The club has raffled cars and motorcycles in the past, but the last couple years it has opted for a more economical mode of neighborhood transportation.

This year’s golf cart, a 2011 Yamaha Limited Edition, features a special light package including headlights, signal lights, LED brake lights and emergency blinkers. It also boasts a horn, rearview mirror, 48-volt electric power, a windshield, custom wheels and a rear flip seat.

“The electric cart is greener,” Bowles said, noting the cart auctioned last year was gas-powered.

And just in case the golf cart doesn’t appeal to you, the club is offering a second-place prize this year — $500.

Ticket sales will help fund scholarships and contributions to charitable and nonprofit organizations throughout the city. Last year, more than $46,000 in funds were donated back to the community by Suffolk Rotary.

Bowles said Carts Unlimited has “helped us tremendously” with the cart.

The club will sell 3,500 tickets at $10 per ticket. They can be purchased from any Suffolk Rotary Club member.

The drawing will be held Oct. 9 at the main stage at Peanut Fest.

The cart will be on display at Taste of Suffolk, Shrimp Feast and Peanut Fest. It also will be displayed off and on at locations such as Farmers Bank in North Suffolk, Xenith Bank in Bennett’s Creek, BB&T, D.B. Bowles Jewelers, Chris Robinson CPA and Carts Unlimited.

For more information, contact Bowles at 934-8101.