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Calgary Herald, Discovery House Hotrod for Hope, by Greg Williams

Ford Coupe fuelling fundraising efforts

Greg Williams, For The Calgary Herald, published June 15, 2007

photo courtesy Discovery House — 1932 Ford “Deuce” Coupe available to be won.

Dreaming of building a classic hotrod? You’d have to have the budget, the tools, the talent, and the space in which to work.

Doesn’t sound too easy.

It’s probably a whole lot simpler to purchase a raffle ticket on the Hot Rod for Hope, a 1932 Ford “Deuce” Coupe.

This is the second year for the unique fundraising initiative of the Discovery House Family Violence Prevention Society, a Calgary-based emergency shelter.

Last year’s draw — for a 1937 Ford Coupe — was deemed a success with 2,400 tickets sold. The goal this year is to sell 3,500 tickets; there are only 4,000 printed.

“I’d really like to sell out this year,” says Lisa Barrett, Discovery House manager of community relations.

Established in 1980, Discovery House is a second-stage shelter that offers protective and supportive housing for women with children who have left an environment of family violence.

“Our core funding is only 60 per cent,” Barrett says. “The rest of our funds must come through fundraising, so Hot Rod for Hope is an important event for us.”

Hot Rods and Cool Cars of Airdrie built this year’s 1932 Ford Coupe.

Finished in a burnt orange paint scheme, Barrett says the car attracts attention wherever it goes.

Ticket sales for the Sept. 28 draw started this spring at the Spring Thaw show and shine, and the vehicle has been on display at various events and festivals around the city and surrounding area.

Next appearance for the “Deuce” is this weekend at Race City Motorsport Park, which is hosting the 20th anniversary Father’s Day Funny Car Classic, a popular event with nitro-burning funny cars and jet cars running the length of the quarter mile drag strip.

“What a great Father’s Day gift — take him to the track for the races, and purchase a raffle ticket at the same time,” Barrett says.

Tickets are $50 each, and are available online at, or by phone at 204-6836.

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