Raffle winner announced, funds support National Guard families

Monday, November 14, 2011
Jeremy Gaba of The Gun Store, left, raffle winner Steve Ford, center, and Larry Oster of Lazy o' Ranch, right, pose with Ford's new firearm. He chose a DPMS AR-15 223 Remington, which he won when his name was drawn from a raffle held to support the Family Readiness Group of the 1128th Forward Support Company of the National Guard unit. Oster and his wife, Becky, sponsored the raffle. (Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)

A raffle held this past week provided a new firearm for one lucky raffle winner, but also provided financial support for the Family Readiness Group of the 1128th Forward Support Company of the National Guard unit in Marshall.

Sponsored by the Lazy O Ranch, earnings from the raffle granted $1,000 to the Family Readiness Group. This is the first raffle the ranch owners have held for the unit.

Winners Steve and Linda Ford, owners of Ford's Wash-Weld-Whatever in Carrollton, had a choice between two firearms from The Gun Store in Marshall -- the DPMS AR-15 or a Ruger M77 Hawkeye. They chose the AR-15 Friday, Nov. 11, after their ticket was chosen.

"The Gun Store has been really good to us," said Larry Oster of the Lazy O Ranch. "It's good that (the guard unit) has got the support of the people."

Though some think the armory is run by Marshall soldiers because of its location, the unit is comprised of people from Oklahoma, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Maryville, Brunswick and many other surrounding communities.

One hundred tickets were sold to support the Family Readiness Group. The funds will help purchase Christmas presents for their children and assist the group fund picnics and other unifying activities.

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