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Clemente-inspired raffle raises big cash for Daytona nonprofits

Daytona Beach News-Journal logo Daytona Beach News-Journal 11/6/2019 By Clayton Park, The Daytona Beach News-Journal
a yellow car on display: This is a closeup of the logo of the limited edition Dodge Demon recently raffled off to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties, Childhood Cancer Foundation and Volusia School Fuel. [Jonny Nomad Media] © Jonny Nomad Media/News-Journal/The Daytona Beach News-Journal/TNS This is a closeup of the logo of the limited edition Dodge Demon recently raffled off to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties, Childhood Cancer Foundation and Volusia School Fuel. [Jonny Nomad Media]

DAYTONA BEACH — The late baseball great Roberto Clemente was Daytona auto dealer Randy Dye's favorite player as a child growing up just outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

But the Pittsburgh Pirates star was not only a legend on the baseball field, winning Most Valuable Player honors in the 1971 World Series, he also was known for his charitable work. Clemente died in 1972 in a plane crash while en route to deliver supplies to earthquake survivors in Nicaragua. He is the namesake of Major League Baseball's annual humanitarian award.

a yellow car parked on the side of a building: This limited edition Dodge Demon, pictured in the showroom at Daytona Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Fiat, was recently raffled off to raise donations to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties, Childhood Cancer Foundation and Volusia School Fuel. [Jonny Nomad Media] © Jonny Nomad Media/News-Journal/The Daytona Beach News-Journal/TNS This limited edition Dodge Demon, pictured in the showroom at Daytona Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Fiat, was recently raffled off to raise donations to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties, Childhood Cancer Foundation and Volusia School Fuel. [Jonny Nomad Media]

Last week, a charitable foundation Dye started presented three Daytona Beach area nonprofits each with $100,000 donation checks. He named the foundation 71 MVP in memory of Clemente.

The money to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties, the Childhood Cancer Foundation and Volusia School Fuel was raised from the sale of 1,971 raffle tickets for the chance to win a limited edition 2018 Dodge Demon. The car was painted yellow and black, the team colors for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Linda Hannon et al. holding a sign posing for the camera: 71 MVP, a charitable foundation started by Daytona Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Fiat owner Randy Dye, back row, third from the left, recently presented $100,000 donation checks to three local nonprofits: Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties, the Childhood Cancer Foundation and Volusia School Fuel. [Jonny Nomad Media] © Jonny Nomad Media/News-Journal/The Daytona Beach News-Journal/TNS 71 MVP, a charitable foundation started by Daytona Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Fiat owner Randy Dye, back row, third from the left, recently presented $100,000 donation checks to three local nonprofits: Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties, the Childhood Cancer Foundation and Volusia School Fuel. [Jonny Nomad Media]

"No. 3 was Roberto Clemente's favorite number," said Dye, in explaining his decision to make not just one, but three, local nonprofits the beneficiaries of the charity raffle.

Dye is the owner of Daytona Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Fiat at the Daytona International Auto Mall as well as 2019 board chairman for the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce,

The winner of the raffle was Ormond Beach resident Billy Willoughby, a customer of Dye's dealership whose winning chip (No. 1,900) was pulled from a barrel of 1,971 numbered chips by Doug Gillikin, a certified public accountant with James Moore & Co. CPAs & Consultants.

"I founded 71 MVP to do things like this," said Dye who got to see Clemente play several times when he was a kid, including attending game five of the 1971 World Series.

"We are forever grateful that we were chosen for this opportunity," said Robin Beaulieu of the Childhood Cancer Foundation, which provides financial aid to families with a child undergoing cancer treatments.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties operates eight clubs throughout Volusia and Flagler counties that provide kids with after-school programs and activities.

Volusia School Fuel provides meals to 300 children each week in 10 Volusia County elementary schools.

The donation from 71 MVP is separate from the charitable efforts by Daytona Dodge, which regularly provides financial support to a number of area nonprofits including Volusia School Fuel, Boys & Girls Clubs, the NASCAR Foundation and the Halifax Health Foundation.

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