right, was greeted at the EAA Aviation Center by Tom Poberezny,
EAA president, and Ruth Darr, co-chair of the 2008 Young Eagles
Raffle. Kenny took possession of this year's grand prize, a 2009
Special Edition Ford Mustang Bullitt, on August 12.
EAA Young Eagles Raffle
Ford Motor Company's 2009
Limited Edition Ford Mustang Bullitt was this year's
grand prize in the Young Eagles Raffle. 1,500 tickets
were available for $100 each, with proceeds going to
help support EAA youth education outreach activities,
including the Young Eagles program. The car was provided
courtesy of Ford Custom Accessories and EAA, with
support from Racette Ford of Oshkosh. There'll be
another great raffle prize for the 2009 raffle, so stay
tuned for further announcements.
It was Thursday, July 31, the night of
the annual Gathering of Eagles fundraiser at AirVenture, and Michael
Kenny was en route to joining his colleagues from Pilatus Aircraft, Ltd.
when suddenly his phone rang. The 37-year-old Irishman saw it was from
his father, Patrick, who was calling from home in Cork, Ireland.
"He just won a car in a raffle, a
Ford Mondeo," Kenny told Donna Shackleton later as he plunked down
$100 for ticket #1172 in the 2008 EAA Young Eagles Raffle. "I feel
Shackleton, who co-chairs the Young
Eagles Raffle with Ruth Darr, was selling tickets at the Gathering. The
grand prize: a 2009 Special Edition Ford Mustang Bullitt. The drawing
was scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the end of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
You see where this story is going…
On Sunday, Kenny, a marketing manager for
Pilatus, had returned home to Boulder, Colorado, and was playing with
his 13-month-old son, Riley, when the phone rang again. It was his boss,
Michael Haenggi, vice president of marketing for Pilatus, who was busy
packing up the company's exhibit in Oshkosh. "I think you might
have won the Mustang," Haenggi told him after hearing Kenny's name
announced over the PA system.
An hour later, a call came in from EAA
headquarters confirming the incredible news that lightning had indeed
struck twice: Kenny won the hot, new Mustang, which was based on the one
Steve McQueen drove in the 1968 movie, "Bullitt."
In the space of four days, father and son
each won a new Ford on separate continents! Kenny said he was still
"kind of shocked" when he returned to Oshkosh today (Tuesday,
August 12), to pick up his shiny new car.
"This year was my first visit to
Oshkosh," he said. "I was working in the exhibit and intended
to get a raffle ticket, but never had a chance to go down and get
one." Until Thursday at the Gathering, where Kenny said he had an
opportunity to meet Edsel Ford II, great-grandson of Ford Motor Company
founder Henry Ford, and tell him about his father's good luck. Maybe,
just maybe a little "luck o' the Irish" rubbed off in that
"Edsel had just been to Cork
himself," Kenny said. "The Ford family is originally from
there, you know."
Kenny was greeted at EAA headquarters by
President Tom Poberezny, and then took formal possession of the car at
Racette Ford in Oshkosh. He planned to ship the car back to Colorado,
although he said he'd love to drive it home. "I don't have the time
to drive it back to Colorado. Plus, it's 1,000 miles," he said,
sounding like a man who intended to give his new ride plenty of TLC.
And maybe someday, in 15 or so years, his
son Riley will have a chance to drive it.
Which brings us back to Patrick Kenny of
Cork, Ireland, whose phone rang late Sunday, four days after calling his
son to tell of his good fortune:
"You know that car you won?" the
voice on the other end asked. "Well, I did you one better…"