‘Hard-to-get’ machine in raffle | CraigDailyPress.com

‘Hard-to-get’ machine in raffle

Christina M. Currie

The OP Bar & Grill and Action Motorsports are teaming together for a fundraiser that will appeal to collectors and thrill seekers alike.

They’re giving away a new Arctic Cat M-7 Limited edition snowmobile that retails at $10,599.

“This machine is hard to get,” said Kevin Willbanks, Action Motorsports sales manager. “It has all the trick stuff on it.”

Half of the proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, and the other half will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs in areas hit by Hurricane Katrina.

“(OP Bar & Grill owner) Delbert Knez said he wanted to do something for Katrina victims, but he wanted to help locally, too,” BGCC board member Dave DeRose said.

He said Action Motorsports sold the machine at a big discount for the fundraiser.

“We thought this was a cool way to get some exposure and help the Boys & Girls Club,” Willbanks said. “We want to project that we’re trying harder than ever to help our customers and the community.”

This is the only chance those who didn’t order the M-7 this spring have to own the limited-edition machine.

The bright-orange snowmobile will stand out just about anywhere, Willbanks said.

“They’re the only one with special graphics, titanium shocks and fox air shocks,” he said. “They’re not going to be around a lot.”

The machine comes with a four-year warranty.

Entries are $100 each, and only 160 will be sold. The drawing will be held when all entries are sold, which will be announced at a later date.

Those who purchase entries don’t have to be present during the drawing to win.

“I think they’ll probably go quick,” DeRose said.

People can enter the drawing at OP Bar & Grill.

The BGCC will use the donation to bolster its general fund, which pays for operations and maintenance and is also used as matching funds for possible grants.

It’s a needed contribution, DeRose said. Many grants are available for capital improvements and programs, but few exist to help offset administrative and maintenance costs.

“Delbert and Action Motor–sports are doing a very good thing,” he said.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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