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1966 CORVETTE WINNER!

Recipient of 24th annual classic Corvette raffle drives from New York to Indiana to claim prize

Andy Bolig - July 13, 2012 09:56 AM

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Edward Ess (left) and Father Chris Forler (Pastor of St. Bernard) and the Corvette in front of Saint Bernard Church in Rockport, Indiana on Thursday, July 12, 2012. 

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This is a beautiful Corvette. I’m going to enjoy this for many years

The winner of the 24th Annual Classic Corvette Giveaway benefiting Saint Bernard Parish and School in Rockport, Indiana drove 1,360 miles round-trip from New York to Indiana to claim his prize; a 1966 Corvette Convertible valued at $80,000.00.

Edward Ess of Batavia, NY along with a good friend arrived in Rockport Wednesday morning, July 12, 2012 pulling a car hauler.  “I’m still in shock and I don’t know what to say”, said Ess.  “This is a beautiful Corvette, a very nice restoration.  I’m going to enjoy this for many years.”  Ess’s name was drawn at the conclusion of the Saint Bernard Summer Social on Sunday, July 8. 

Ess is a true Corvette enthusiast, owning over 40 Corvettes in his lifetime.  This is the first one he has ever won.  After a tour of the church and a few photos and videos, Ess took a test drive through the streets of Rockport before loading his prize on the trailer for the trip back to New York.

This particular Corvette was manufactured in May of 1966 and delivered new to RM Burritt Motors in Oswego, NY, only 100 miles from the home of raffle winner Edward Ess.  After 46 years, this classic Corvette returns home.

All 10,000 tickets were sold for this year’s raffle.  People from as far away as Australia, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Canada and all across the United States purchased tickets.  Photos and videos of the winner can be found on the parish website at www.stbernardcorvette.org.  Saint Bernard Church purchased the car from ProTeam Corvette Sales in Napoleon, Ohio. Tickets will go on sale for the 25th annual Corvette raffle in January, 2013.  Proceeds benefit Saint Bernard Parish and Saint Bernard Elementary School, the only parochial school in Spencer County.

To see Edward receiving his new Corvette, check out the video here.

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