Reprinted with permission of The Pilot

Raffle Raises Funds for Habitat, Clinic

BY CLAUDIA WATSON: SPECIAL TO THE PILOT

'Tis the luck of the Irish to see the wearing of the Green Jacket, or so says Gary and Gayle Magee, the winners of a pair of badges to the 2008 Master's Tournament.

The raffle, sponsored by Moore Free Care Clinic and Habitat for Humanity of Moore County, raised $19,486, which was split evenly between these organizations.

"I've been telling everyone that I've never won anything, so to win this is really special -- and to win on St. Patrick's Day -- now I really am a lucky Irishman," says Gary Magee, of Pinehurst.

Magee and his wife plan to enjoy the four days watching golf's greatest players battle for the Green Jacket during the event, April 10-13, in Augusta, Ga.

The raffle included two 2008 Masters Tournament badges for Thursday, April 10, through Sunday, April 13. In addition to the badges, the Magees also received one parking pass for all four days and accommodations.

According to raffle organizers, only 250 tickets were available at the cost of $100 per ticket. Pinehurst Village Manager, Andy Wilkison, drew the winning ticket out of a bright green top hat at the Pinehurst Village Hall.

"We're really happy with the response to the ticket drive," says Sue Lloyd, a co-chairwoman of the project. "The funds raised will not only help Moore Free Care Clinic patients, but will also assist with housing needs at Habitat. The community has been very generous."