Win a Chevy Camaro, FOP members say

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By Vince Luecke

PERRY COUNTY - A sports car that might otherwise turn the heads of police officers is being raffled by local Fraternal Order of Police members this summer and fall and will make Christmas memorable for one lucky person.

Chances for the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro are now being sold by the group for $10 each or six for $50. The raffle is scheduled for Dec. 23 in City Hall. Proceeds will benefit FOP programs, including Shop with a Cop, a project that pairs local children and officers for pre-Christmas shopping trips for clothing and toys.

The raffle will also support FOP scholarships and the annual Kenny Kellems Camp with a Cop in June. Officers volunteer as role models and chaperones for the June camp, which promotes character development and respect for law enforcement.

Raffle tickets can be purchased from any FOP member or by calling Brian Greulich at 547-8741. Officers will be selling chances Saturday morning at the Tell City Wal-Mart and will be there again Sept. 12, Oct. 17, Nov. 7 and Nov. 21. They will also be at Bristow's Octoberfest car show Oct. 11. Other donated items will be raffled Dec. 23, but tickets chosen for those prizes will be returned with others for the main drawing.

Officers will also go door-to-door selling chances and will carry identification cards with them.

FOP members are also holding a silent auction for sports collectibles. Items include mini helmets from Chad Johnson, Chris "Beenie" Wells, Rey Maualuga and Braylon Edwards.

Bids are also being taken on baseballs autographed by Pete Rose and Johnny Bench, an autographed photo of Angel McCoughtry and a Wyland painting valued at $3,995. Cornhole games and fleece throw blankets sporting the colors of Indiana University and the University of Kentucky are also part of the auction. Bids can be placed by calling Greulich.

The winner of the car will be able to choose from several vehicle options, including the car's color. The car is being purchased through Expressway Auto Mall in Mount Vernon.