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KSP Saddles Up Ford Mustang For Trooper Island Fundraising Raffle

Date of News Release: 02/07/2007

The Kentucky State Police are raffling off a 2007 Ford Mustang GT convertible to support their Trooper Island summer camp for disadvantaged children. Tickets are $10 each and can be obtained by contacting any Kentucky State Police post or calling the KSP Public Affairs Branch in Frankfort at 502-695-6344. Participants must be at least 18 years old to purchase a ticket. The winning ticket will be drawn at 4:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007 at the Kentucky State Fair. Ticket holders need not be present to win, click here to enlarge(FRANKFORT, KY) - It set the 60s swinging and inspired fan clubs on six continents. It's starred in more than 600 movies and it's seen checkered flags at tracks around the world. It's the Ford Mustang, a classic, modern American sports car that helped define a generation.

Out of your price range? Think again. To support its Trooper Island summer camp for disadvantaged children, the Kentucky State Police is now selling $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2007 Ford Mustang GT convertible.

"Summer camp is an all-American experience that offers physical, mental and character-building opportunities that can benefit a child throughout a lifetime," said KSP Tpr. Craig Sutton, director of Trooper Island, which is located on Dale Hollow Lake in southern Kentucky. "What better way to raise funds for this worthwhile effort than to offer a chance to win a classic American muscle car? Only 15,000 tickets will be sold, so the odds are better than the lottery."

Although retro inspired, the 2007 Mustang selected for the raffle is a thoroughly modern car. It features a Torch Red exterior and a black cloth, all-weather, three-layer roof. Its 4.6 SOHC three-valve V8 engine produces 300 horsepower and a distinctive growl that signifies pure muscle. Combine that with a five-speed, rear-drive, automatic transmission; 18-inch, polished-aluminum wheels; stainless steel dual exhaust; fog lights and a rear spoiler, this package has the looks and performance that turns every commute into an open air joy ride.

In reviewing the 2007 Mustang, New Car Test Drive.com wrote: "The Ford Mustang looks and feels like an all-American car. It's quick and fun to drive and offers a combination of style, performance and handling. Forty-three years after it created an automotive niche all its own, Mustang is both true to its roots and better than ever."

Car and Driver.com agreed: "Ford nailed the Mustang's redesign---macho enough for contractors, cute enough for secretaries, undeniably American and timeless. The looks are nostalgic and in the V8 GT form, it's got the burbly muscle-car soundtrack of a bygone era."

"Nothing says modern American sports car better than the 2007 Mustang convertible," said Sutton. "Its legendary heritage and high performance gives it a wide appeal that cuts across all generations and lifestyles. So saddle up and get your ticket. At $10 each, it's a value you can't afford to pass up."

To obtain raffle tickets, contact any Kentucky State Police post or call the KSP Public Affairs Branch in Frankfort at 502-695-6344. For locations and phone numbers of Kentucky State Police posts, visit www.kentuckystatepolice.org/post.htm. Participants must be at least 18 years old to purchase a ticket.

The drawing for the winning ticket will be held at the KSP exhibit during the Kentucky State Fair at 4:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007. Ticket holders need not be present to win. The winner is responsible for all taxes and license fees. This raffle is being conducted via Charitable Gaming License #0000633.

The Kentucky State Police established Trooper Island in 1965 at Dale Hollow Lake near the Cumberland and Clinton county line as part of a long-range program of public service to the disadvantaged youth of Kentucky. It is a non-profit organization that operates solely on private, tax-deductible contributions. Each year, approximately 700 boys and girls ages 10 to 12 attend the free camp to participate in athletics, water safety, canoeing, fishing, swimming, fishing, archery and crafts as well as character-building activities.

Special camp sessions are scheduled for visually impaired youth, hearing impaired youth, youth at medical risk and Hispanic youth. The camp is staffed by volunteers and receives support from private industry and many civic and business groups.

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