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Impounded motorcycle raffle to benefit teens

By Staff | Nov 23, 2012

LCSO Photo Restored 1959 Harley-Davidson "Pan Head" motorcycle confiscated as part of a drug case will be raffled off with the proceeds going to the Lee County Sheriff's youth program.

A Harley-Davidson motorcycle impounded by sheriff’s deputies in a drug case is about to get a new lease on life.

The motorcycle was scheduled to be scrapped but survived thanks to a program named T.O.O.L.S. (Teens, Outstanding, Occupation and Leadership Solutions), which matched local teens interested in mechanics with companies like Harley-Davidson of Fort Myers. The motorcycle took six month to rebuild and is now worth more than $15,000.

Proceeds from the rebuilt 1959 “Pan Head” motorcycle will benefit teens in the community through the Sheriff’s Youth Activities League (SYAL). SYAL has successfully operated youth programs in the county since 2007, including the largest youth archery program in the state.

The motorcycle will be raffled on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Hot Rods & Hogs car and bike show at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center located at 75 Taylor Street in Punta Gorda. Hot Rods & Hogs is the largest one-day car and bike show in Florida and traditionally attracts more than 20,000 spectators. The show runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

With only 1,000 tickets to be sold, it may be the best $20 anyone can spend. According to Deputy Jeff Santella, SYAL director, the raffle is a win for law enforcement and area teens.

“These ventures result in a hands-on experience that not only occupies idle weekend hours, but hopefully lead to future careers as well,” said Santella.