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Relay for Life car-drawing tickets sold out; 100% of proceeds given to Cancer Society

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Relay for Life car-drawing tickets sold out; 100% of proceeds given to Cancer Society

Carla Moffat, at right standing at the door of the car she just won, is flanked by USA Motors employees Edgar Aguilar, Toby Jones, Francisco Pascillas, Mark Lillie, Dave Fells, and Peter Perez. The...

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POSTED June 26, 2012 8:20 p.m.

LATHROP – The Lathrop Relay for Life just received $10,705 financial leg-up for its August 11-12 weekend fund-raiser to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The amount is the total proceeds from last week’s drawing of a low-mileage red Camaro car donated by Steve and Rhonda Ramsey, owners of USA Motors. The sum total from the ticket sales means additional donations were given to the effort. Only 500 tickets, at $20 a pop, were printed for the drawing.

 The lucky winner of the 2001 Camaro with only 35,000 miles was Carla Moffatt. Her name was drawn during the monthly Lathrop Chamber of Commerce mixer hosted by the Ramseys at their place of business on North Harlan Road next to the northbound Interstate 5 onramp. The mixer and the drawing were held in conjunction with the company’s annual customer appreciation event. The event was attended by approximately 400 people, the Ramseys reported.

One hundred percent of the total proceeds went to the Lathrop Relay, as has been the case in the last three years USA Motors donated a car for the American Cancer Society fund-raiser.

Given the honor of drawing the lucky winning ticket was young Talon Kai Marain.

“Thank you to the City of Lathrop, Fire (District), Sheriff Department, Anna and John Candelaria/Lathrop Youth Focus, and Gerald and Linda Rose of Relay for Life (Lathrop) for all the help and support which made our event such a huge success,” said the Ramseys in a statement.

Last year’s winner of the Smart car donated for the drawing bought only one ticket at the last minute. The winner was a Lathrop Relay volunteer. The first car offered for the first drawing was won by the Lathrop Youth Focus who received the ticket from a supporter in the community.

Live entertainment during the Chamber mixer and car drawing was provided by The Mike Torres Band, arguably Lathrop’s most popular family band.

The annual Lathrop Relay will be held at Valverde Park on Fifth Street in the city’s Old town District. It will begin on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the opening ceremony followed by the Survivor Lap held at 10:30 a.m. In the evening, the moving Luminaria Ceremony highlighted by lighted candles honoring cancer victims will start at 9 p.m. The closing ceremony will take place the following day, Sunday at 10 a.m.

For more information about the Lathrop Relay for Life and how to participate, go to

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