BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Ben Schrader of Frankfort, Ky., was the winner of the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation's annual Big Red Vette Raffle fundraiser, announced at halftime of the home football game against UTSA on Nov. 22. This year's grand prize was a 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe, or Schrader could elect to receive a $35,000 prize.
Since 1994, the HAF's annual fundraiser has raised nearly $2,000,000 in raffle ticket sales benefiting the student-athletes of WKU. The 2015 HAF Big Red Vette Raffle will begin around April, and more information will be available at WKUSports.com/corvette.
"With the new Corvette model, combined with the great support from our local business partners and alumni chapters, this program reached record numbers this year," Assistant Director of the HAF Larry Cash said. "Once again this program provides substantial financial impact for our student-athletes."
Schrader, a retired Kentucky State Trooper, first bought a raffle ticket while attending the Kentucky State Fair several years ago and since then has continued to purchase tickets each year.
"When I got the message from Mr. Cash, I wasn't really sure I understood what was going on," Schrader said. "But when I realized the message said they were from WKU, I retrieved my ticket stub immediately to see what day the drawing took place before returning the call. It took a minute for it to soak in."
The HAF would like to thank the 2014 partners who helped make the Corvette Raffle fundraiser a successful event once again:
Campbell Lane Express Car Wash
Courtyard By Marriott
Don Moore Chevrolet of Owensboro, KY
Graves Gilbert Clinic
Kerr Office Interiors
National Corvette Museum
Reinhart Foodservice - Bowling Green Division
Service One Credit Union
Tony Brown Chevrolet of Brandenburg, KY
Vette City Liquors
Waky Sign Company
The WKU Store
Woosley Brothers Painting
How to Follow Hilltopper and Lady Topper Athletics: For more information on WKU Athletics, visit WKUSports.com or follow the athletic department via social media @WKUSports on Twitter and on Facebook at facebook.com/WKUAthletics.