EAA President Tom
Poberezny hands the keys to a 2010 Mustang GT convertible to
Marjorie Gjesdal, winner of the Young Eagles Raffle.
Photo by Bonnie
August 3, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
- Marjorie Gjesdal of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has a shiny souvenir
to take home from her first-ever AirVenture visit: a 2010 Mustang GT
convertible. Marjorie is the grand prize winner of the 2009 Young Eagles
"Oh my God, I've won a car,"
Marjorie recalled saying after hearing her name announced as the raffle
winner. Marjorie was sitting below the announcer's stand when her name was
called. EAA President and Chairman Tom Poberezny was sitting near Marjorie
when she heard the news. "Tom said, 'I'm the first one who witnessed
the look on your face when you won,'" Marjorie recalled him saying.
"He told me it was a wonderful way to end AirVenture, by having the
winner right here."
Marjorie's husband, Eldon, is active in EAA
Chapter 30 in Edmonton, and a four-year volunteer with the "Green
Gang," the volunteers who provide flightline communications. Eldon
noted that when he purchased the ticket, he put his wife's name on it,
even though she's never won anything. He looked at the win rather
practically, saying he and his wife had been thinking about replacing her
current convertible with a new one. "Now it's done, and for just
$100," he said. "I like this price better than what we were
There's only one problem. "I have to
learn how to drive a standard transmission car," Marjorie said, but
that will take care of itself; she's got a three-day drive back to
Edmonton to learn. "It's awesome," she said, as she and her
husband drove away from EAA headquarters this morning with the top down.
"It's been a wonderful experience to come to Oshkosh."
The car comes courtesy of Ford Custom
Accessories and EAA, with support from Kocourek Ford in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Just 1,500 raffle tickets were sold, at a price of $100 each. The Young
Eagles raffle helps to support EAA's youth education outreach activities.