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Not Forgotten needs to sell 68 tickets by Sunday to pay for Memorial events

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Not Forgotten needs to sell 68 tickets by Sunday to pay for Memorial events

Manteca Ford owner Phil Waterford behind the wheel of one of two Ford Fiestas being raffled to raise the $60,000 needed to pay for this Sunday’s “Not Forgotten” Memorial Day Weekend event at Woodwa...

DENNIS WYATT/The Bulletin


POSTED May 24, 2012 1:39 a.m.

Every year Manteca plays host to the largest Memorial Day celebration on the West Coast called “Not Forgotten” that takes place at Woodward Park.

Almost 6,500 men and women have laid down their lives for our freedom since Sept. 11, 2011 in the Global War on Terror. Among those are 54 within a 50-mile radius of Manteca. That’s 54 families who will never get to hug their sons and daughters again, never see them get married, have children, or live out the rest of their lives. The Not Forgotten event makes a special effort to bring these families together every year and assure them that their sons and daughters are never forgotten and forever honored for their sacrifice to our country.

Last year over 15,000 citizens attended the various “Not Forgotten” events at Woodward Park staged by the Welcome Home Heroes Foundation  headed by Pastor Mike Dillman. This year’s event is expected to attract 15,000 people on Sunday and costs the committee more than $60,000 to stage. The Place of Refuge Church along with hundreds upon hundreds of volunteers are preparing to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever.

“I share this passion and vision to make sure that all our veterans are honored, all our fallen are remembered, and our community is once again reminded that freedom is not free,” noted Manteca Ford owner Phil Waterford. “Manteca Ford stepped up to the plate to help raise money for the budget which is over $60,000. We decided to raffle off not one but two Ford Fiesta cars at the Not Forgotten Memorial Day ceremony on Sunday, May 27, at Woodward Park. Winners do not have to be present to win.”

Tickets are $100 each. They are  selling 250 tickets for each of these cars. The first raffle is full and they  have 68 out of 250 tickets remaining for the second drawing.

Waterford points out the odds of winning at 1 in 250 are better than the lotto.

You can purchase a ticket by phone by calling Manteca Ford at (209) 239-3561 or come by the dealership office at 555 N. Main St. Manteca. All proceeds from both cars go to pay for the Memorial Day weekend event.

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