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Help build Veterans Memorial with a chance to win a 1960 T-Bird

You can buy yourself a chance to win a fully restored, 1960 Ford Thunderbird, while helping to build the Red River Valley Veterans Memorial, in the organization’s raffle that will be drawn for in November.

T-Bird_Raffle_02You can purchase as many tickets as you want — the more you get, the greater your chances are for winning the car.

The prices are 1 for $15, 2 for $25, 4 for $50, 8 for $100 and so on. The most any one person has purchased at a single time was $300 worth — making that the record — and board members of the veterans memorial are challenging  you to break that record.

The car will be parked at the intersection of Lamar and Collegiate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on most weekdays, unless the weather does not permit it. If the car is parked there, it’s hard to miss.

The T-Bird — valued at over $30,000, and likely the only one like it in the area — was donated by Jerry and Amy Bolton. The complete restoration job was the work of several body shops and mechanics who all donated their work. They include:

  • Paint, body and undercoat done by Mike’s Custom Paint & Body
  • 352 Ford V8 engine work done by Bower’s Garage
  • Transmission work done by Campbell’s Transmission
  • New interior work done by Ward Parker, The Upholstery Shop in Reno
  • Shop space and mechanical work done by Hathcock’s Automotive
  • Restoration work done by Gene Ray, Jim Nelson

The veterans memorial gives the Red River Valley the opportunity to honor a veteran who has served, or is currently serving, in the U.S. Armed Forces or its Allies from the Texas Revolutionary War to the present. The memorial is located at the Love Civic Center.

The organization’s brochure states that it was designed to “…remind future generations and us that this freedom we enjoy is not free. Our nation must be protected from forces, both outside and within, that would deny us our liberty.”

The RRV Veterans Memorial office is located at 1025 S. Collegiate Street. For more information or to make a donation call (903) 783-0945 or email You can also visit the website at

By Josh Allen, eParisExtra

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