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Helping Seniors of Brevard

Helping Seniors Car Raffle 2022

6th Annual Helping Seniors Car Raffle Winner Gail McGinnis meets her 2023 Chevrolet Camaro!



Meeting 6th Annual Helping Seniors Car Raffle Winner Gail McGinnis at the Grand Drawing!

The 6th Annual Helping Seniors Car Raffle Winner Ticket Draw!



Photos from the
6th Annual Helping Seniors Car Raffle Grand Drawing



2022 Helping Seniors Car Raffle




Experience an Automotive Spectacular and one of the most fun events for the whole family in Brevard County – and all for a good cause!

The Helping Seniors of Brevard 501(c)(3) local charity, celebrating 11 years of Helping Seniors in Brevard County, provides extensive Senior Care Navigation Information and Education to Seniors and their families, free of charge, through our Senior Information Helpline, our extensive Senior Information Media Outreach including TV/Radio/Print/Online/Social TV/Radio/Print/Online/Social Media, and advocates on behalf of the almost 200,000 Seniors 60+ who call Brevard home.

Helping Seniors of Brevard is an approved not-for-profit organization, and we depend on your support to continue our mission to help the rapidly growing number of Seniors in our County.

Joe Steckler, our President & Founder, who was instrumental in establishing the area’s “Joe’s Clubs”, named after him, formed Helping Seniors to make a difference locally and, together with his friends, began the Helping Seniors Car Raffle as a way to generate funds – in a fun way – to benefit Seniors and to ensure the work of Helping Seniors can continue each year.



Fun at the 2021 Helping Seniors Car Raffle Grand Drawing
at the American Muscle Car Museum!

Record Turnout at the Museum







Each Helping Seniors Car Raffle Ticket offers you three benefits: (1) A chance to win one of the beautiful new 2022 cars in the Helping Seniors Car Raffle; (2) an “Admit One” ticket to American Muscle Car Museum Grand Drawing on the night of the event; and (3) knowing your contribution is very important to the Helping Seniors of Brevard non-profit organization.


We thank you for your continued support of Helping Seniors of Brevard. We can all agree we need to take care of our Seniors and together with your support, Helping Seniors of Brevard can continue our mission to improve the quality of life for Brevard’s senior population.



Helping Seniors Grand Drawing


The Helping Seniors Car Raffle Grand Drawing event took place:

Date: Saturday, October 29th, 2022.
Time: 6pm-9pm
Location: The American Muscle Car Museum – Melbourne, FL


American Muscle Car Museum Owner Mark Pieloch has kindly invited Helping Seniors Car Raffle ticket holders to a great Celebration at his amazing Museum.  Your ticket to serve as an “Admit One” admission into Mark’s amazing automotive collection.  It’s a great evening with GREAT cars and food and beverages (Beer/Wine/Soda/Water) is included compliments of the American Muscle Car Museum!  We hope to see you there!

We are so appreciative of American Muscle Car Museum Owner Mark Pieloch and A.J. Hiers, of Boniface-Hiers Automotive – for their help over the years in supporting the work of Helping Seniors through the Helping Seniors Car Raffle and congratulations to 2022 Grand Drawing winner Gail McGinnis!






Check out the 2022 Dodge v Chevy Challenge

Once again, 2 of the most Popular Muscle Cars of all time are available to you to pick from in the 2022 Helping Seniors Car Raffle fundraiser!  The ever popular Dodge Challenger and the sought after Chevrolet Camaro each have their own set of fans who will back their muscle car all the way!

Just for fun, we invited Helping Seniors volunteers to choose up sides and “Bring it On” in the Dodge v Chevy Challenge.  We filmed their excursion on the grounds of Mark Pieloch’s beautiful American Muscle Car Museum.  Great cars and great fun ensued!

Check out the film from the 3rd Annual Dodge v Chevy Challenge and look back at the so-much-fun 2020 Dodge v Chevy Challenge – and the 2021 Rematch!







Helping Seniors, the 501(c)(3) non-profit that operates Brevard County’s Senior Information Helpline, has helped more than 4000 families, free of charge, to date, celebrates the Helping Seniors Car Raffle Grand Drawing at the American Muscle Car Museum in Melbourne, Florida.

As you probably know, this museum is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC but owner Mark Pieloch has generously opened his doors to host the Grand Drawing event live for the Helping Seniors 2022 Great Car Raffle.

October 29th, 2022, Gail McGinnis picked up the keys to her choice of a beautiful 2022 Dodge Challenger, 2022 Mazda Miata convertible, 2022 Kia Sportage or 2022 Chevrolet Camaro – all from the AJ Hiers collection of dealerships (Boniface-Hiers Automotive Group).  (She chose the Camaro!)

Each Car Raffle Ticket ($25 for one 1 ticket or 5 tickets for $100 donation) also is “Admit One” to the most sought-after automotive collection in the nation!  Ticket holders enjoyed an opportunity to see the not-open-to-the-public collection and enjoy 125,000 square feet of automotive greatness – 400 cars ranging from classic 1950’s to today’s American Muscle Cars!  Record attendance and a lot of fun celebrating Event Grand Drawing to determine the winner of the 2022 Car Raffle!

Thank you for supporting the Helping Seniors Car Raffle that assists Helping Seniors of Brevard to fund its service efforts to serve the nearly 200,000 persons 60+ who reside in our county!  You need not be present to win.

To get your tickets – call 321-473-7770 or please visit



From the Desk of our Founder/President Joe Steckler:

Joe's Blog

“As I approach my 33rd 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 new 2022 cars from which to choose – a Chevrolet Camaro, 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 asked 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 choice of the 3 cars – the Dodge Challenger!  In fact, she selected the very model that was on display at the American Muscle Car Museum that night!


2020 Car Raffle Winner (Troy Darling)The 2020 Helping Seniors Car Raffle offered up Winner’s Choice of a 2020 Chevrolet Camaro, 2020 Dodge Challenger, 2020 Mazda Miata convertible or a 2020 Kia Sportage.  Troy Darling, of Indialantic FL, won the Car Raffle and chose a beautiful 2020 Chevrolet Camaro.

The 2021 Helping Seniors Car Raffle offered up Winner’s Choice of a 2021 Chevrolet Camaro, 2021 Dodge Challenger, 2021 Mazda Miata convertible or a 2021 Kia Sportage.  David Odahowski, of Orlando FL, won the Car Raffle and chose a beautiful 2021 Kia Sportage.

This year, Helping Seniors President Joe Steckler and Car Dealer A.J. Hiers have stepped it all up even further with brand new 2022 cars – offering the winner the choice of a 2022 Chevrolet Camaro, a 2022 Mazda Miata Convertible, a 2022 Kia Sportage, or a 2022 Dodge Challenger!  Great choices for great fun for a great cause!

Get your Raffle Tickets today – 1 for $25 or 5 for $100 donation – by calling 321-473-7770 or by mailing your check to Helping Seniors at P.O. Box 372936, Satellite Beach, FL 32937.




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Get your tickets today and get ready for the car you would like to win!

Someone’s Going to Win a New Car!  Might as well be You!



Special Appreciation to our 2022 Helping Seniors Car Raffle Key Sponsor: