Geno Juart, of Juart Brothers Excavating payed for a Henry Golden Boy .22 rifle that was raffled off to raise money for the Disabled American Veterans Chapter.
Gary Wert, spokesman for DAV Chapter 75 said the 500 tickets were sold for $2 each, and half of the $1,000 raised went to Chapter 75, and half goes to Fishing With Heroes, Lake Erie charter fishing expeditions for disabled active duty service members. The winning ticket is determined by the Pennsylvania's Daily Number in the lottery.
Wert's wife Debra won the most recent raffle with the first gun ticket she ever purchased. Gary reported her reaction was, "What would I do with a rifle," and donated it to Chapter 75 for a fund-raiser on the opening day of trout season, April 12.
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Debra Wert was announced as the winner of a Henry Golden Boy .22 rifle during the annual DAV Chapter 75 Fish Fry at the beginning of the month. Her ticket was the first gun raffle ticket she ever bought, and she returned the prize to the DAV for another raffle to be held on the first day of trout season. From left are, Charlie Brant, Chapter 75 member; Debra Wert; Geno Juart; Dan Reiff, Chapter 75 member and Walt Simpson, first vice-commander for the Pennsylvania state DAV.
Gary said that Juart lives in Indiana County, but has a camp near Warren. Juart has done this for the DAV twice a year for several years, according to Wert.
Debra was announced at the annual DAV Fish Fry, held March 1 at the Russell Volunteer Fire Department's social hall.
Wert said that the fish fry raised nearly $4,000, with the gun raffle adding $1,000 to the total.