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Optimists Club to raffle away vintage Olds convertible

Amanda Roberson

SUMMIT COUNTY – With the lake down, dust thick in the air (when it’s not snowing), and a long, hot summer ahead, Summit County could use a little optimism. The Optimist Club has just the thing – the odds are good to win a 1968 Oldsmobile Delmont in the club’s third annual raffle.

The raffle is the club’s biggest fund raiser of the year: 3,000 tickets will be for sale for $10 each, or three for $25, between now and July 17. Optimist Club members will be selling tickets at Wal-Mart, City Market, and local banks until the drawing date. To entice ticket buyers, club members arrive in style in the shiny red Olds and park it outside the sales location.

The car comes to Summit County from a collector in New Jersey, who donated half its value. The Optimist Club paid for the other half.

The winning ticket will be drawn at the club’s July 17 meeting at the Holiday Inn in Frisco, and the winner will be free to speed away in his or her new ride, worth an estimated $19,000.

The club already has sold almost 300 tickets since going on sale last week.

The 75 members of Summit County’s Optimist Club impact the community through their dedication to children’s causes. They raise about $40,000 a year, which funds free basketball, soccer, and volleyball leagues and several academic scholarships.

“Our philosophy is that you can find something positive in everyone, and you should do more for everyone else than you do for yourself,” said Optimist director Bruce Miller.

“When we first came to Summit county about 30 years ago, there wasn’t much for kids to do besides go to school, so we created free sports leagues.”

Optimist International is a philanthropic organization with chapters across the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.

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