By James Clark | email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A local fundraiser involving a raffle to win a new Camaro seems to have gone awry.
Gene Messer Chevrolet in Lubbock agreed to sell a Camaro on favorable terms to a group claiming to raise funds for the T. J. and Bobbie Gene Patterson Scholarship fund. On the day of the raffle, Gene Messer says in a written statement that the group did not purchase the vehicle but instead promised to advertise a procedure to get refunds. So far that hasn't happened.
Gene Messer did not name the group, and Lubbock Police have not returned our calls pertaining to the raffle. We have the text of the dealership's statement last week copied below.
"The Gene Messer dealership group was recently approached by an organization raising money to benefit the T. J. and Bobbie Gene Patterson Scholarship. We agreed to allow the organization to use the Gene Messer Chevrolet dealership as one of the locations where the public could purchase tickets for a raffle contest to benefit the scholarship.
We also agreed to sell the organization a new Camaro, on favorable terms, as a raffle contest prize if raffle ticket sales at least equaled the cost of the car. Gene Messer Chevrolet collected more than $2,400.00 in money from raffle ticket sales and turned over the money to the organization. On the date of the raffle prize giveaway, we learned that the organization would not purchase the Camaro, and that the organization would advertise the procedure to obtain a refund of the raffle ticket price.
Gene Messer Chevrolet is not responsible for refunds of raffle tickets sold to benefit the Patterson Scholarship, whether the ticket was purchased at Messer Chevrolet or another location. Gene Messer Chevrolet is not responsible in any way for the operation of the raffle contest sponsored by the organization.
The Gene Messer dealerships will continue to support community organizations that benefit this area, and we wish well those efforts to raise scholarship funds for all worthy students, especially the T. J. and Bobbie Gene Patterson Scholarship."
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