Rare Shelby F-150 Baja Raptor Top Prize in Charity Raffle
Proceeds from charity raffle will go to buy protective gear for first responders.
Ford vehicles have long been a part of civil service, from Explorers patrolling the mean streets, to E-Series ambulances rushing patients to the emergency room.
One local non-profit has made it its mission to help first responders, and is holding a raffle to help fund its efforts. According to Colorado Springs, Colorado NBC-affiliate KOAA-TV, the top prize of the raffle is a 2019 Shelby F-150 Baja Raptor.
In a partnership with local Ford dealership Phil Long Ford at Chapel Hills and the Fraternal Order of Eagles #145, non-profit Shield 616 is selling a total of 2,500 tickets at $100 each for a chance to win Shelby’s take on the already badass F-150 Raptor. Proceeds from the raffle will go on to be used to purchase protection kits for first responders at the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Department and Pueblo Police Department, both based in Pueblo, Colorado.
“As it stands, our police and deputies don’t have live-shooter vests, which are specialized life-saving equipment,” told Eagles #145 representative Gary Fearn to Pueblo newspaper The Pueblo Chieftan. “So we reached out to Phil Long Ford of Chapel Hills and told them we want to raise the $200,000, because each full kit costs us about $1,100. So they are providing the vehicle, the only jet-black Shelby Raptor truck in the four-state region.”
“That would make a big dent down in Pueblo,” Jake Skifstad, Shield 616 founder, said to KOAA-TV. “We actually need to raise over 400 vests for those two agencies, but if we were able to do 75 to 100 of them, that would make a huge dent.”
The raffle will begin with a kick-off at Phil Long Ford January 12. Should all tickets be accounted for within 90 days, the dealer will provide a Shelby Super Snake Mustang for another raffle. A winner will be announced on June 16.