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Minden man wins Harley-Davidson custom motorcycle in WNCC raffle

by Joyce Hollister

It was the best anniversary present 10 bucks could buy.

Smoky Walter of Minden was the lucky winner of the 1997 FXSTC Harley-Davidson Softtail custom motorcycle given away in a raffle by the Western Nevada Community College Foundation over the weekend.

He and his wife Pat each bought a $10-ticket last fall at an event at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, telling each other that the drawing would be near their anniversary.

When WNCC Dean of Institutional Advancement Helaine Jesse called the Walters last Sunday to tell them they won, they were thrilled – Sunday was their 11th wedding anniversary.

“It’s great. It’s wonderful,” Walter said on Tuesday. “It was a happy anniversary for me.”

He can’t wait to take possession of the motorcycle, saying, “I had to go down and sit on it yesterday.”

Walter said he had been a motorcycle rider since 1971, and this will be his fifth Harley-Davidson. Former San Diego residents, the Walters had gone to the railroad museum to buy an In-N-Out burger at the traveling In-N-Out Burger trailer that was stationed on the museum grounds for a special event in September 1998.

“We kind of miss having In-N-Out burgers whenever we want,” he said, “so we ended up down at the railroad museum. She bought a ticket and I bought a ticket, and I guess I had the right one.”

According to Jesse, the Harley-Davidson raffle raised $8,700 for scholarships for needy students. The drawing was the brainchild of Mike Case, vice president of Harley-Davidson operations, who is also a member of the WNCC Foundation board.

The motorcycle was donated by Harley-Davidson Credit on behalf of Eaglemark Band, N.A., issuer of Harley-Davidson Chrome VISA card. Eaglemark Bank is a subsidiary of Eaglemark Financial Services Inc. The donation of the motorcycle is part of Eaglemark Bank’s commitment to the Community Reinvestment Act, in which nationally chartered financial institutions provide services to local communities.

“We are happy for the Walter family and are proud that in the process we were able to give something back to the community in the form of funding for special needs scholarships offered through the college,” Case said.

The drawing as held at the foundation’s first Mardi Gras celebration Saturday night at the Ormsby House. The event featured exotic decorations, entertainment, New Orleans buffet, a fortune teller, mimes and fabulous costumes, according to Jesse.

“It was so fun,” she added.

Virgie Miller, a foundation board member, headed up the Mardi Gras committee and made sure everything was authentic. The foundation plans to hold the second Mardi Gras next year.

The event raised about $5,000 for the Reynolds Center for Technology, where computer-aided design and drafting, electronics, construction technology and the Center for Excellence will be housed.

The foundation has reached the halfway mark of its $1.2 million goal for the center, Jesse said.