Ticket sales reach most of western N.D.
By BRYCE MARTIN
Posted April 4, 2014
Forever Rely on God – that’s Deb Patterson’s motto.
You can find references to F.R.O.G. in her home, you can find it on the back of her vehicle and, most importantly, you can find it in her heart.
That reliance continued March 31 as Patterson picked a winer for the raffle of the 2011 Dodge Challenger in memory of her late husband, Bert. It was the car he drove and, according to Patterson, the item responsible for putting the sparkle back into Bert’s eyes while he battled cancer.
A solitary raffle ticket was drawn on Monday, Bert’s birthday, inside the chapel at Southwest Healthcare in Bowman. Many members of Southwest Healthcare Services and the community were in attendence.
Patterson chose Maija Olson, daughter of Bowman United Methodist Pastor Ron Olson, to draw the lucky winner. Maija and her family experienced tragedy of their own last year when they were involved in a two-car collision.
As Patterson read the name of the winner aloud, she offered a large smile. The winning ticket, numbered 566, was purchased by Loree Cook of Bismarck, Bert’s first cousin.
The sale of 3,173 raffle tickets raised $79,325, more than double that of the car’s $36,175 value.
“God is good, God is great,” Patterson said.
All the funds raised were donated by Patterson directly to Southwest Healthcare.
Diagnosed with colon cancer in 2010, Bert had been a patient at Southwest Healthcare for the last four years.
“It was like a family up there,” Patterson said in an interview earlier this year. “Bert said, ‘If I can’t be home, I rather be there.’”
A week before he passed away on Dec. 8, Bert told Patterson he wished he would have thought to hold a raffle to give the car away. And so she did.