Mustang raffle revs up $40,000 for Lynnwood Rotary

The Lynnwood Rotary Club raffled off this classic 1965 Ford Mustang, raising $40,000 for its community service projects. (Contributed)

The Lynnwood Rotary Club raffled off this classic 1965 Ford Mustang, raising $40,000 for its community service projects. (Contributed)

The Lynnwood Rotary Club raised over $40,000 through a raffle for a classic 1965 Ford Mustang. Proceeds will benefit the club’s many community service projects.

Mustang fan Jim Simpson, of Everett, was the lucky winner plucked from a pool of 4,263 raffle tickets.

The car was restored by Don Rutzer over a number of years, finishing in 2002 and painting it a bright poppy red. The car won several awards at shows. An anonymous Rotary member purchased the car from Rutzer, then donated the vehicle for the raffle. Rutzer himself bought 50 raffle tickets.

Rotary member Steve Bishop, a show judge for Mustangs Northwest, noted the restoration of the classic car was well done and the car became a big draw among Mustang enthusiasts like Simpson.

Raffle sponsors were Acura of Lynnwood, Lamb Realty and HomeStreet Bank.

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