This morning, Don Hadix of Johnstown, PA, winner of the Memorial Fund’s 2012 Harley-Davidson raffle, claimed his prize at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC.
In March, the Memorial Fund launched its annual Harley-Davidson raffle to raise funds and awareness for the National Law Enforcement Museum, currently under construction adjacent to the Memorial.
For $25, each participant received a raffle ticket and the chance to win a 2012 Harley-Davidson Ultra-Classic® Electra Glide® Peace Officers Special Edition motorcycle, plus a free co-branded Harley-Davidson/Memorial Fund t-shirt.
To say Don and his wife Debra were excited to receive their shiny new Harley-Davidson is an understatement. Debra and Don, wearing his co-branded Harley-Davidson/Memorial Fund t-shirt, marveled at their new Harley and posed for a few photos. “I feel like I could cry … I just can’t believe it,” Don said. Debra was just as incredulous, “I can’t believe he actually won!”
Back in 2002, a good friend of the Hadix family, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Joseph J. Sepp, Jr., was shot and killed in the line of duty. Don explained that they have supported the Memorial Fund ever since. “When I bought one $25 raffle ticket, I thought of it as a donation to the Memorial Fund,” Hadix said. “I never thought I would win.”
Four thousand tickets were printed and the raffle completely sold out, helping to raise over $102,000 for the Museum campaign. With this sixth raffle, the Memorial Fund has raised more than $373,000 for the National Law Enforcement Museum, thanks to Harley-Davidson.
“The Memorial Fund is honored to have Harley-Davidson as a Museum partner,” said Chairman & CEO Craig W. Floyd. “Not only does the raffle raise funds for the Museum, it helps raise awareness and build support for the Museum campaign,” he added. The combined total of raffle proceeds plus the value of the motorcycles donated bring Harley’s contribution to the Museum campaign to nearly $500,000.