Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club Raffles Off 1961 Vintage VW Bug

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SALLY HOGARTY

Raffle winner Steve Falk and his wife Nancy stand with their big prize, a beautifully restored 1961 VW Beetle, joined by members of the Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise.

    On Dec. 7, at Lafayette’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” holiday celebration, Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise raffled off a fully restored 1961 VW Beetle to winner Steve Falk. A fellow Rotarian, Falk recently retired as Lafayette’s city manager after 22 years of service. He was one of thousands of people who purchased raffle tickets in hopes of winning the Beetle, while also helping to raise funds for Lamorinda Sunrise’s many community service 
projects.
    After successfully raffling off two wooden canoes and a wooden teardrop trailer, all handcrafted, the club went in a new direction this year, restoring the vintage car in member Hays Englehart’s shop. The club considers this their fourth “We build stuff” project, with 
funds from the raffle going toward their Rotary Home Team program, which provides home maintenance to seniors free of charge, the Garden Park apartments program which provides affordable housing to families in need, Family Harvest Farms and the Contra Costa Food Bank, among others. Englehart sums up the 
project stating, “Peoples’ lives were impacted by the money raised and families are better off. Members of the Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise continue to show that Rotarians’ efforts are there to help their communities and make a difference in the world.”
    The club is already working on a new “We build stuff” project for its next big raffle, a 1964 Glastron cuddy cabin boat, motor and trailer. Englehart promises, “This one is going to be incredible. Keep an eye out for it!” For more information on Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise, go to www.lamorindasunrise.com.

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