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Young Eagles Raffle Winner Announced
August 6, 2015 - Ken Regalado of Rochester, Michigan won the grand prize from this year’s Young Eagles raffle, awarded at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015: a red 2015 Ford Mustang GT convertible, donated by the Ford Motor Company and Kocourek Ford of Wausau, Wisconsin.
“It was the single best phone call I've ever received,” Ken said. “When I called to tell my wife, she said, ‘I’ve got some good news,’ and I said, ‘I think I might have some better news.’”
Proceeds from the raffle went to EAA’s Young Eagles program, which helps grow the next generation of aviators by providing flights in general aviation aircraft for youth ages 8-17.
Since 1992, nearly 2 million youth have taken to the skies through the Young Eagles program.
Ken said it is evident how much EAA’s support benefits the Young Eagles program.
“Other charities should be as lucky to have such a committed and inspired organization behind it,” he said.
He said no time was wasted getting the Mustang on the road for its first trip.
“The first joy ride to northern Michigan has already transpired and it was like none of the hundreds I have taken before,” Ken said. “It's definitely a treat to drive a car that elicits such passion from so many.”