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Illinois Couple Claims Young Eagles Raffle Grand Prize


Before her husband, Marshall , could grab them, Marge White snatched the keys from Donna Shackleton (left), volunteer co-chair of the EAA Young Eagle Raffle, as EAA President Tom Poberezny looks on.

Marshall and Marge White claim the big prize on August 21.

August 21, 2006 — Marshall (EAA 174846) and Marge White left EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 on Friday, July 28-two days before Sunday's finale-to visit friends on the way home to their Cobden, Illinois, home. Before they took off, though, Marshall made sure to stop at the Ford Hangar and enter the 2006 Young Eagles Raffle grand prize, a custom-equipped Ford Lariat F-150 pickup.

On Monday, August 21, the Whites were back in Oshkosh to pick up their prize.

"We sure got the lucky ticket," Marshall exclaimed as EAA President Tom Poberezny handed over the keys. Marshall was first alerted to their good fortune while checking e-mails. "I had one from a fellow chapter (277) member saying 'congratulations.'' he explained. "Well, I didn't believe it at first, until I saw another e-mail saying the same thing. Maybe there was something to it."

When he called EAA to confirm he had won, the EAA staffer on the other end just happened to be typing his name.

No lie: The Whites won the sparkling new crew cab truck valued at nearly $45,000. It's equipped with rear-seat DVD screens, mp3 player/multi-CD changer, moon roof, Garmin GPSMAP 396, satellite radio with 6 months free service, and more.

The Whites, originally from the Chicago area, owned about five Ford pick-ups over the years since the 1950s. They have been EAA members since the early 1980s.

They arrived at Oshkosh Monday in style, courtesy of their son-in-law, Mike Sergey, who is a part owner of a Cherokee 6 that is also used for Angel Flights. They all flew up Monday morning from Palwaukee Airport in suburban Chicago.

"This truck could not go to two more deserving people," Sergey said. "They come to Oshkosh every year, and they're past volunteers. I'm especially grateful to Marshall because he is the reason I'm a pilot."

Marshall took him up in his Ercoupe, later convincing Mike to take flight lessons. Marshall, who no longer flies, was current through December 17, 2003, the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers famous flight.

"We've never really won anything at all before," Marge said as she looked at their new ride. The only other thing they enter is their local annual Habitat for Humanity raffle. "And the best part, it was for the Young Eagles."

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