|Maryann Meighan-Riebe of Aurora, Colorado, was in attendance when her name was read as the Young Eagles Raffle winner of a 2014 Ford Mustang GT convertible. (photo by Jason Toney)
By Kevin Hazaert
August 4, 2013 - An angel on Maryann Meighan-Riebe's shoulder Sunday put her into a 2014 Ford Mustang GT convertible.
Meighan-Riebe of Aurora, Colorado, took home the grand prize as the winner of the 2013 Young Eagles Raffle. EAA Chairman Jack Pelton announced the three lucky sweepstakes winners during a live drawing on Phillips 66 Plaza on Sunday afternoon at Oshkosh.
When Pelton called off Meighan-Riebe's name, she was left speechless while her son Ryan celebrated.
"I just couldn't believe I won!" said Meighan-Riebe, whose husband Don won the 2007 Young Eagles Raffle.
Earlier Sunday, Meighan-Riebe said a little prayer in memory of her good friend and fellow Navy nurse Ruth Darr, a longtime volunteer who passed away during the past year and was honored at the Memorial Wall ceremony.
"I kept walking by the car and kept on saying, 'I would love to win that,'" said Meighan-Riebe. "She was definitely a little angel on my shoulder."
Cash prizes were also awarded with $5,000 going to Gary Wilson of Wilmington, Ohio; and $2,500 to Joan Meckelberg of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible was provided courtesy of Ford Motor Company and Kocourek Ford, Wausau, Wisconsin.