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To sell or raffle ’66 Mustang a hard decision

A 1966 Mustang Coupe wby LisTatinDyer IndianLance Adeszko Elmhurst Rotary Club Waukegan fundraiser. | Thomas Delany Jr.~Sun-Times Media

A 1966 Mustang Coupe won by Lisa Tatina of Dyer, Indiana and Lance Adeszko of Elmhurst in the Rotary Club of Waukegan fundraiser. | Thomas Delany Jr.~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 24, 2012 1:18AM

The Rotary Club of Waukegan had the usual success with its fifth annual classic car raffle, netting $8,000 that will go directly to worthy local causes.

But during this year’s fund-raiser, a certain guest arrived in style, and appearing to have nowhere else to go, has taken up residence in a member’s garage. The sparkling white, pristine, automatic, six-cylinder, 1966 Ford Mustang coupe doesn’t have to worry bout overstaying her welcome, however.

The raffle prize was won by joint ticketholders Lance Adeszko of Elmhurst and co-worker Lisa Tatina of Dyer, Ind. But because the club offered a first-time cash option, the winners chose to split $10,000.

And so the car, a quintessentially American roadster, awaits the kind attentions of just the right buyer — maybe.

“We can either sell it and buy another one or raffle it off again next year,” said Ted Stanulis of Gurnee, club treasurer. “We’re leaning toward raffling, but we could go either way.”

The rotary will consider parting with the Mustang for $12,500, its appraised price.

“We know there are similar cars in the area that are available — we’re not concerned about finding another one,” Stanulis said. “But keeping the car and raffling it again might make more sense.”

Adeszko, who is vice president of digital sales for Sun-Times Media and newbie at winning stuff, said taking the cash also made more sense.

“It’s a great car and had I won it on my own, I probably would have kept it,” Adeszko said.

The club, the oldest rotary in northern Illinois, chartered in 1914, will continue to offer the cash option because it enhances ticket sales, according to Stanulis, who said raffle entrants may not “necessarily be interested in classic cars.”

And so Sally, er the Mustang, waits for a new owner. How does she drive?

“Oh yeah,” Stanulis replies, sighs, then delivers a sales pitch.

“It’s a great driving car. The Mustang has a lot of advantages over other classic cars. It’s affordable, easy to work on and parts are readily available.”

For more information on the car or the club, call Stanulis at (847) 244-1816,

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