TORONTO - One lucky patron could be driving a 2014 Ford Focus SE if lady luck should come his or her way.
The car is being drawn off as part of a fundraiser to send the Toronto High School Marching Band to the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., next year. The band has been chosen for the honor to perform but must raise enough funds for the trip, according to Maureen Taggart, Toronto High School principal.
"The Toronto Band Parents organization is sponsoring the car drawing," said Taggart, adding the car is made in the U.S. and is being partially sponsored by Allietta Ford in Wellsburg. "The winner will have their choice of (exterior) and interior."
The car comes with lots of goodies, including leather seating, great gas mileage and high-tech gadgets, including "an interior, voice-activated communications system, so you can talk to your car," said Taggart. "We're also going to be giving away some additional cash prizes."
The person placing second will receive $1,000 in cash, while the person placing third will get $500. Fourth and fifth-place finishers will each get $100 Taggart added.
"We are selling the tickets for $50 per ticket," Taggart said, adding the drawing will be held at 11 a.m. on May 17 in the high school parking lot. "Winners don't have to be present (to claim a prize)."
Tickets must be purchased through order forms, which are available at Just Julie's in Toronto, the junior/senior high school, Gem City Pizza or online at www.torontocityschools.K12.oh.us.
Completed forms can be dropped off at Just Julie's or the high school or mailed in the form of a check made out to Toronto Band Parents and sent to Toronto Band Parents, Care of Kirk George, Toronto Junior/Senior High School, Toronto, OH 43964. The forms also allow for use of a credit card.
If fewer than 650 ticket are sold, the drawing will revert to a 50/50 drawing, according to Taggart. For information, go to www.torontocityschools.K12.oh.us