Feb. 3, 2005
Columbia, Mo. - Given the recent string of unfortunate events that have impacted members of the Columbia Police Department, the local community has responded to do many things to provide assistance to the officers and families affected.
One unique instance of this is a partnership between several local businesses, including the Mizzou Department of Athletics, to raffle off a 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King Motorcyle (valued at nearly $20,000), with the proceeds going to benefit the Columbia Police Foundation's "Officer Down Fund."
On Jan. 29th, this raffle was kicked off at the Mizzou men's basketball game against Kansas State, when at halftime, MU Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel and Director of Athletics Mike Alden accompanied Mid-America Harley-Davidson owners Steve and Laura Tuchschmidt and Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm to midcourt at halftime of the game, along with the motorcycle, to announce the fundraiser. Pinkel, who is an avid Harley aficionado, is the honorary chairman of the drive.
Tickets for the raffle are being sold at $100 apiece, with only 600 available. The drawing will be held at the Mid-America Harley store on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. At latest count, approximately 150 tickets had been sold, with the goal being to sell all 600 tickets. If all tickets are sold, the fundraiser hopes to net $40,000 to donate to the Officer Down Fund.
"This is a great way to say `thank-you' to the men and women of our police force," said Pinkel. "These people put their lives on the line every day just by putting on a uniform, and that's something that a lot of people take for granted. I'd like to encourage and challenge the people of our community to take part in this fundraiser, or if you can't, just find something that you can do to give to this fund and make a difference," he said.
Tickets can be purchased in Columbia at several local businesses, including Boone County National Bank, Cornerstone National Insurance, The Insurance Group, MFA Oil/Break Time Convenience Stores, Mid-America Harley-Davidson, and also at the Columbia Police Department.
For more information, please contact Mid-America Harley Davidson at 573-875-4444.
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