It was a normal day at work for Kentucky Mine Supply Company employee Tim Engle. Engle was returning from lunch when he got an unexpected telephone call.
Delaney Stephens, youth programs coordinator and community liaison for The Center for Rural Development, was on the other end of the telephone with some “good news” for the Engle family.
The Engles had just won a houseboat vacation on Lake Cumberland, valued up to $3,500 (based on seasonal rates), and $200 fuel allowance courtesy of Conley Bottom Resort.
The houseboat vacation was the grand prize in a regional fundraising campaign to support the center’s Rogers Scholars youth leadership program.
“I thought it was a prank,” Engle said still trying to wrap his head around the fact that his family has won a Houseboat Vacation on Lake Cumberland. “I was surprised. I just took vacation last week.”
Engle’s wife, Connie, purchased the winning ticket from Rogers Scholars supporter Jeff Phillips at the school where she works, James A. Cawood Elementary School, in Harlan County.
Tim Engle, whose name is on the winning ticket, coaches elementary and middle school basketball.
“We want to thank everyone who purchased tickets for our Rogers Scholars fund-raising event,” Stephens said. “All of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to support Rogers Scholars and our region’s young people.”
For more information on the Rogers Scholars program, call 606-677-6000, email [email protected] or visit www.centeryouthprograms.com.
Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, (KY-05), and other leaders, The Center for Rural Development is a nonprofit organization fueled by a mission to provide leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life in southern and eastern Kentucky. In its 45-county primary service region, the center provides innovative programs in leadership, public safety, technology, and arts and culture. The center is committed to constantly expanding its capabilities in order to deliver a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the nation.
The value of the vacation prize will be subject to seasonal rates, and is considered taxable income to the winner, which will be reported to the U.S. Government and the winner on Form 1099. Exemption Number EXE0001356 has been assigned to The Center for Rural Development for this and other fundraising efforts.