About 100 people turned out at the Copper Mountain College’s Bell Center Friday to find out if they were the lucky winner of the 2013 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail motorcycle. The motorcycle raffle was a fundraiser for the college’s Christine Proudfoot Student Activity Center by the Rotary Clubs of Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Valley Noon and Sunset. Doug Peercy of Twentynine Palms was not in attendance, so CMC Foundation Executive Director Sandy Smith called him to tell him he had the winning ticket. Peercy said he bought two tickets—one during Twentynine Palms’ Pioneer Days in October, and the other during the Joshua Tree National Park’s Art Show and Faire two weeks ago. While the Rotary Clubs fell short of selling all 2,500 tickets, they did raise more than $20,000 for the student activity center. Also part of the festivities was a chili cook-off. Six entries were judged on aroma, color, consistency, flavor, and spice. The judges were Rotarians Greg Brown, Pat Welch, and Suzanne Haynes, who selected Cathy Inscore’s chili for Best Aroma, Managing Editor Tami Roleff’s chili for Best Presentation, and the soon-to-be-open Twentynine Palms Hotel Bar and Grill’s chili for Best Overall.
Copper Mountain College will be closed from December 24 through January 1. The college will resume its normal operating hours on January 2.