This Veterans Day is all about honoring those who have served for their country and what better way to do that, than to help build a memorial for our fallen heroes through a raffle. A raffle that has raised $10,000, more than what the prize is worth.
Behind Kay's Motorcycle Mania in Nolanville, Robert Helems enjoys the sounds of local bands and food, but he's anxiously awaiting to find out if he's the lucky winner of this brand new motorcycle custom-made to honor our fallen heroes of Central Texas.
And if Robert wins, he plans to donate the bike to 3rd Brigade 1st Cav. on Fort Hood. "So they can display it because that's where I went in my last tour and got shot so the bike has sentimental value," he said.
But he's not the only one who wants to win.
"I love it, I want to ride it," said Carrie Kochevar.
Even Twila Cook has plans if her husband scores the bike, "I think it looks sweet but it's not set up for two riders so he'll have to do something about that if he wins," she said.
But it's more than just a motorcycle. Each $5 raffle ticket will go to the Central Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Association.
"We do this fundraiser and this project to honor all soldiers who have given their lives supporting freedom around the world, specifically the Central Texas soldiers who have died supporting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Patrick Turk, President of the Central Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Association.
The money will help build a new stone for the memorial at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.
And Robert hopes the raffle winner will continue to honor our soldiers, "whoever wins the bike, I hope they display it, so the soldiers can see it," he said.
Every single piece of this motorcycle has been donated for free and now it's estimated worth is about $8,500.
The winner of the raffle was picked Sunday at 3:00pm. Mike Darby, who is a Fort Hood soldier won the motorcycle.