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Helping Seniors Car Raffle 2020

Helping Seniors Grand Drawing Winner


2020 Car Raffle Winner (Troy Darling)

2020 Helping Seniors Winner Troy Darling with AJ Hiers


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2020 Helping Seniors Dodge v. Chevy Challenge:

Great Coverage Leading up to the 2020 Helping Seniors Car Raffle:


(October 10 2020) – Melbourne FL – Congratulations to Troy Darling, of Indialantic Florida, who held the winning ticket in today’s 2020 Helping Seniors Car Raffle Grand Drawing event

Thanks for participating in the 2020 Helping Seniors Car Raffle and rest assured, as a Helping Seniors Car Raffle ticket holder, you will have an opportunity to enjoy visiting the American Muscle Car Museum in person as well.  American Muscle Car Museum Owner Mark Pieloch has kindly offered to host up to 3 different dates when Helping Seniors Car Raffle ticket holders can visit the museum, free of charge, with their Helping Seniors Car Raffle ticket stub when Covid restrictions are SAFELY relaxed.  Your Helping Seniors Car Raffle ticket is also an “Admit One” to these special “raincheck” days for a pleasant outing to see this most amazing collection of automotive greatness.  Check back for more information on these “visit the Museum” opportunities.

We are so appreciative of American Muscle Car Museum Owner Mark Pieloch and A.J. Hiers, of Boniface-Hiers Automotive – for their help in ensuring that the Helping Seniors Car Raffle Grand Drawing has been an excellent fund-raising success.

From the Desk of our Founder/President Joe Steckler:

Joe's Blog

“As I approach my 31st year of fundraising for non profits subsequent to my 38 year military career.  I want all to know how much your support is appreciated. This year we have a selection of 4 2020 new cars from which to choose – a Chevrolet Camera, Mazda Miata Convertible, Kia Sportage and a Dodge Challenger.  Keep up to date on all details on Please tell your friends and join us in this raffle to help people. This is a volunteer effort and I assure you I will keep each supporter in my prayers.” – Joe

All proceeds fund the work of Helping Seniors of Brevard Inc., a 501(c)(3) Florida not-for-profit dedicated to serving Brevard County seniors via our no-cost Senior Information Helpline, our Senior Information media outreach, and our Senior Advocacy programs.

 The Story behind the Helping Seniors Car Raffle

En·dorse·ment (n) an act of giving one’s public approval or support to someone or something.

Helping Seniors President/Founder Joe Steckler paid a call on A.J. Hiers, of the Boniface-Hiers Automotive Group, in early 2017.  AJ had helped Joe in the past when Joe was busy with his work with the Alzheimer’s Foundation and Joe had wanted to talk about a car to follow-up on the Helping Seniors 2016 successful “Win the Jaguar” raffle fundraiser.  (The “Win the Jaguar” Raffle Car, by the way, was donated to Helping Seniors by an individual who wanted to help support the vision of Helping Seniors).Helping Seniors 1951 Ford Victoria

AJ showed Joe a beautifully restored 1951 Ford Victoria – a look-alike to the one Robert Mitchum drove in the classic movie “Thunder Road.”  – in AJ’s private collection.    “An absolutely beautiful car,” Joe told AJ, “but we haven’t got that kind of money.”  AJ said, “Joe, you can afford that car!”  Joe asks him how that could be possible.  AJ’s answer: “You can afford it, because I am giving it to you!”

As they talked further, AJ told Joe that he believed in the work that Joe was doing with Helping Seniors and wanted to find a way to help ensure the work of Helping Seniors can keep going and growing.  “Joe,” he said, “Take this car and use it to make as much money as you possibly can to help in the good work that you are doing.”  And, with AJ’s ringing endorsement, they kicked-off 2017’s Helping Seniors “Win the Classic” Car Raffle fund-raising effort which culminated with February 10th 2018 Grand Prize drawing at the American Muscle Car Museum in Melbourne Florida with James Lawler, of Satellite Beach FL, as the fortunate winner.

The 2018-2019 Helping Seniors Car Raffle featured the opportunity for the Grand Prize winner to select their choice of a new 2019 Dodge Challenger, Mazda Convertible or Dodge Truck.  Karen Leigh Hoodless, of Melbourne FL, was at the Grand Prize Drawing at the American Muscle Car Museum on April 29th 2019, and drove home in her pick of the 3 cars – the Dodge Challenger!

This year, Helping Seniors President Joe Steckler and Car Dealer A.J. Hiers stepped it all up even further – offering the winner the choice of a 2020 Chevrolet Camaro, a 2020 Mazda Miata Convertible, a 2020 Kia Sportage, or a 2020 Dodge Challenger!