Name drawn for Patterson car raffle (WITH VIDEO)

Forever Rely on God – that’s Deb Patterson’s motto.

Deb Patterson, left, thanks Maijah, Michelle and Ron Olson, right, for attending the raffle March 31. PHOTO BY BRYCE MARTIN / PIONEER

Deb Patterson, left, thanks Maija, Michelle and Ron Olson, right, for attending the raffle March 31. PHOTO BY BRYCE MARTIN / PIONEER

Updated April 4, 2014

By BRYCE MARTIN | Pioneer Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.net

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 told the Pioneer 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.

Filed in: News Tags: , , , , ,

You might like:

WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND: Summerfest returns Saturday to Bowman WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND: Summerfest returns Saturday to Bowman
Statistics show Bowman County crime rate below average Statistics show Bowman County crime rate below average
SPOTLIGHT: Flowers, coffee and friendship at Lasting Visions SPOTLIGHT: Flowers, coffee and friendship at Lasting Visions
Be sure to know the ‘bad boys’ of the skin before you go in the sun Be sure to know the ‘bad boys’ of the skin before you go in the sun
Welcome to the Pioneer’s new office manager: Miranda Carlson Welcome to the Pioneer’s new office manager: Miranda Carlson
Dog to be removed from city after attacking 2 boys Dog to be removed from city after attacking 2 boys
Bowman County loses several coaches Bowman County loses several coaches
Duck Crossing Duck Crossing
‘LOVE LIFE’ Man shares story in Bowman during walk across country ‘LOVE LIFE’ Man shares story in Bowman during walk across country
MORE THAN JUST AN APARTMENT: Landing marks first local project to ease potential housing crisis (with video) MORE THAN JUST AN APARTMENT: Landing marks first local project to ease potential housing crisis (with video)
BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: Bowman Ambulance in tricky situation with new garage BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: Bowman Ambulance in tricky situation with new garage
City of Bowman Police Blotter City of Bowman Police Blotter

One Response to "Name drawn for Patterson car raffle (WITH VIDEO)"

  1. Deb Patterson says:

    Thanks for Bryce and the entire Pioneer/Finder staff for helping make one of Bert’s last wishes a reality.
    F.R.O.G.
    Deb

Leave a Reply

You must be Logged in to post comment.

© 2014 The Bowman Extra. All rights reserved.
.