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Defiance Rotary held its 29th annual Corvette raffle Friday evening at Estle Chevrolet on North Clinton Street. Posing in front of the 2019 Corvette won by Jennifer Kitchenmaster of Defiance are, from left, former Defiance County Sheriff and event emcee David Westrick, Defiance County Sheriff Doug Engel, Rotary raffle committee chairman Ethan Stykemain and Rotary president Morris Murray.

A Defiance woman was the winner of Defiance Rotary’s 29th annual Corvette raffle at Estle Chevrolet Friday evening.

Jennifer Kitchenmaster has the option of taking home the brand new red 2019 Corvette sitting in Estle’s North Clinton Street showroom, or $45,000 in cash. She was not present during Friday’s drawing when former Defiance County Sheriff David Westrick — the event’s emcee — announced her name.

Taking the second prize of $1,250 was George Mast of Cecil while Dr. Jeff Fogt of Defiance took the third prize of $750. He also won one of the evening’s two 50/50 drawings.

The fourth, fifth and sixth prizes — each winners of $250 — went to Marc Warncke of Defiance, Alyse and Artur Chernovol of Bryan, and Larry Woods of Defiance.

Only one of the winners (Fogt) was in attendance.

Defiance County Sheriff Doug Engel pulled six capsules containing tickets from a hopper holding the 900 that were sold, and handed them to Westrick to announce.

The first capsule selected by Engel Friday was designated beforehand as the winning ticket before five more were plucked from the hopper as the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth prizes, respectively. The capsules were then opened in reverse order, revealing the ticketholders’ names.

The 900 tickets — each costing $125 — represented the total sold for the fundraiser. The last one was auctioned off Friday night just before the drawing, selling for $220.

The ticket sales generated more than $112,500 for the Rotary, with the organization netting what will be left after the event expenses and prizes — including the cost of the car (or the $45,000) — are paid. The Corvette is provided by Estle to Rotary at cost, with the organization using its net cash for charitable causes.

According to Rotary president Morris Murray, the Defiance Rotary Foundation has contributed some $750,000 “over the last 25 years to dozens of local groups and causes for the benefit of the greater Defiance community.”

They include “many youth-related” groups such as Junior Achievement, the Defiance Baseball Association, Boy Scouts and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, as well as the Volunteer Connection and United Way.

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