N.Y. couple wins Tri-Valley RV drawing

Thursday, August 4, 2011
B&W Truck Beds representative James Works (left), along with Tri-Valley Developmental Services Executive Director Tim Cunningham (right) are on hand as the Bakers arrive from Ghent, N.Y. to claim their prize package at Santa Fe Campground in Chanute.(Submitted Photo)

For David and Marlene Baker, the 10th time proved lucky in the Friends of Tri-Valley Foundation drawing for a camper, pick-up truck and accessories.

The Bakers arrived in Chanute from Ghent, N.Y., on July 18 to collect their prize package, which included a 2011 Canyon Trail fifth wheel camper, a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado from Ranz Motors, and a hitch from B&W Truck Beds in Humboldt.

The Bakers had entered the previous nine years with the 10th year paying off. The couple plans to use their RV as a winter vacation home. The drawing winner was announced in late June.

This year, the foundation raised more than $27,000 with 1,536 entries coming in from across the nation and beyond.

"We are so very pleased that in these tough economic times people are still willing to give to help better the lives of people served by Tri-Valley," Tri-Valley Director of Public Relations and Grants Anna Methvin said in a news release.

"This was the first time we phoned a winner who questioned our sincerity. He thought we were con men," Methvin said. "We asked him if he remembered entering the drawing and he finally remembered that he did."

The foundation started in 1990 with a goal of building accessible and affordable housing for developmentally disabled citizens in Allen, Bourbon, Neosho and Woodson counties. The intent was to build homes in the communities in which the need was the greatest and the objective was to construct five homes.

"We are pleased to announce that the original goal has been met with the fifth home completed in July of this year and located in Fort Scott," Tri-Valley Executive Director Tim Cunningham said in the release. "Although the original goal has been met, the need to build accessible housing is still present."

Fundraising efforts by the foundation will continue on with its annual Gala, golf tournaments, the camper and truck drawing, and foundation memberships. For more information on activities of the foundation, visit http://www.tvds.org, or call (620) 431-7401, ext. 229.