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Local couple wins YHS Mustang raffle

Yavapai Humane Society/Courtesy photo<br>
Roger Felch, right, who donated his 1966 Mustang coupe for a Yavapai Humane Society fundraising raffle, hands the keys over to Mary and David Conner of Prescott.

Yavapai Humane Society/Courtesy photo<br> Roger Felch, right, who donated his 1966 Mustang coupe for a Yavapai Humane Society fundraising raffle, hands the keys over to Mary and David Conner of Prescott.

Prescott resident Mary Conner has some new wheels to cruise in.

Conner won a 1966 red Mustang coupe after her name was drawn out of 2,500 tickets for a Yavapai Humane Society fundraiser this past Saturday at the annual lighting of the Yavapai County Courthouse for the holiday season. Conner and her husband, David, have lived in Prescott since 1983 and are longtime animal lovers. They foster homeless animals and are currently caring for their 11th.

"Yavapai Humane Society is our charity of choice and it's a good cause. That we actually won is beyond belief!" Mary said. "We use the YHS Spay/Neuter Clinic for our fosters and always donate stuff to the Yavapai Humane Society Thrift Shop, too."

Roger Felch, a Yavapai Humane Society volunteer and donor of the Mustang, drew Conner's name before the crowd gathered for the courthouse lighting ceremony.

When he read Mary's name, someone in the front row shouted, "Oh my gosh! Mary! I know her!" Roger then called the phone number on the ticket with the good news. Mary answered the phone and it took her a minute to figure out that she'd won the car.

Mary then called her husband, David, who accused her of kidding. "I thought she was messing with me."

David test-drove a 1966 Mustang coupe during his senior year of high school, and he worked all summer to save up the money to buy it. At the end of the summer, he ended up joining the Navy instead of buying his beloved Mustang.

After Mary's raffle ticket was drawn 45 years later, he finally has his dream car.

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