September 20, 2018
S&S Collision Corvette Raffle Won by Seasonal Resident Gerry Hittle
By Angela Kellogg
Cleaver Managing Editor
Jacob Stuhr of S&S Collison had always wanted a late 70s Corvette growing up. He bought one, restored it completely, and instead of keeping it, he raffled it off to benefit the local schools.
Office manager Ashley Pratt recalls, “Jacob said he wanted to rebuild a car to give away on a Friday, and by Sunday when I was out of town he was calling to ask the best way to pay for a car he’d found.”
That was in April and less than six months later the new owner of the car with winning ticket No. 198, Gerry Hittle of Owosso, came to inspect his new prize.
Hittle owns a cabin in Harrison and had seen the car in its various stages as he passed S&S Collision. He finally bought a ticket the week before thinking he was giving his money to a good cause with a low chance of winning anything. When Stuhr called him Friday night and he could hear a football game in the background he knew he’d won the car. He was up all night, sleepless, after the call.
The date of the car giveaway was significant for Hittle. It was a day before his daughter-in-law’s birthday. His daughter-in-law Crystal passed away of cancer two years ago. He had many long talks with her throughout her illness. He confided in her his dream car, a 70s late model Corvette. Hittle recalls her reassuring him, “Someday you’ll have one, Dad.”
His choice of color would have been blue or red, but blue was Crystal’s favorite color and Hittle thought it was fitting. He plans to keep the car and said it will always be in his family with plans to pass it on to his son and grandsons.
Hittle plans a personalized license plate of some kind based on availability with the state of Michigan. His first choice is “Raffle1.” He had no plans to drive the car which Stuhr planned to deliver last Friday until his permanent plate came in the mail.
The car is in good hands with Hittle appreciating the full restoration. He plans to keep it safe and sound in his garage unless he’s traveling with it.
“Twenty-five years from now, I might not be here, but this car will be in my family,” Hittle said. He and his wife plan to take it on a trip to the Tunnel of Trees this fall.
There were 271 tickets sold raising $27,100. Sixty percent of ticket sales were from Harrison, 20 percent from Clare, and 20 percent from out of the area. All the tickets sales will be split evenly between Harrison and Clare Athletic Boosters.
August 29, 2018
Raffle Coming Up Soon, Drawing Will Be Held September 7th 2018
April 26, 2018
S&S Collision Creates Corvette Project
Iconic Car Raffle to Benefit Schools
By Dianne Alward-Biery
Cleaver Staff Writer
Copyright Clare County Cleaver
HARRISON – At a time when communities are looking for ways to help their students have a well-rounded educational experience, one Harrison businessman has struck on a way to use his special skills to help. Jacob Stuhr, owner of S&S Collision, has procured and is in the process of renovating a 1978 Corvette 2-door T-Top coupe which will be raffled off at a drawing to be held in Clare during halftime of the Sept. 7 Clare-Harrison football game.
The car will be on display at the Memorial Day Car Show, throughout the Clare County Fair, and during the Old 27 Car Tour in both Clare and during Harrison Street Fair. Tickets for this one-of-a-kind drawing cost $100 each and will be available for purchase at those events, as well as at S&S Collision.
This raffle is being conducted under a raffle license procured by the Harrison Community Schools, but the actual ticket sales function is being handled by Ashley Pratt, office manager at S&S Collision. All ticket sales monies will be funneled into the HCS Business Office, and then Harrison Community Schools will split the proceeds equally and disburse them to the Clare and Harrison school booster organizations.
Pratt is highly enthused about the project and has been exploring multiple ways to promote the booster clubs project.
Initiation and promotion of this project will reap no financial gain for S&S Collision, but it certainly will benefit many students in the two school districts. Stuhr made it clear that his goal is simply to stir up some excitement in the community which will ultimately help local students.
“And who doesn’t want a $100 Corvette?” Stuhr said.
Stuhr estimates he will invest 300 to 350 work hours into the renovation. He also said that, if all goes well, the project could be repeated in the future following a different vehicle theme.
Sale of the $100 tickets has already begun, with the No. 0001 ticket purchased April 20 by Clare County Cleaver owners Barry Henry and Angela Kellogg.
The Corvette was originally white with a brown interior, but all that will change. Stuhr is staying tight-lipped about what the final interior/exterior color scheme will be, knowing that will help pique people’s curiosity.
To purchase tickets, drop by S&S Collision at 3865 N. Clare Ave., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The winning ticketholder does not need to be present at the Sept. 7 drawing in order to win.