Midnight Oasis wraps up event and announces car raffle winner

Midnight Oasis wraps up event and announces car raffle winner

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Yuma, AZ - 50's and 60's cars, concerts, dancing and food lured thousands out in Yuma, including visitors from Thursday through Sunday.           
 
Terry frydenlund, the President of the Yuma Caballeros says the events brought in more people than expected.
 
"We had crowds this year that will rival our past years and we think 40 to 50 thousand people came through our events. Obviously Friday was a little sketchy with the wind, but the weather cooperated and we even had a good turn out that night," says Frydenlund.      
 
Frydenlund says the Caballeros are ambassadors for the City of Yuma and part of their responsibility is to put on events like this to help show case Yuma, which in turn boosts the local economy.
 
"We had close to 980 enter. Now many were from the community but an equal or greater number were from outside the community. So it's hotel stays, restaurant meals, people buying gas. So there's a lot of revenue that flows through the community when an event like this takes place," says Frydenlund.      
 
The Caballeros have raised over $4 million since their conception with events like this, and the money goes straight back into the community to fund scholarship programs and youth activities.      
 
News 13 caught up with the winner of the show and shine raffle. He even took us for a ride.
 
"For the past 5 years my wife has been buying raffle tickets, one for me sand one for her and this year we got one of the winning tickets," says Jorge Arrzion. 
      
The Arrizon's spent 40$ on raffle tickets.       
 
This restored 1966 Mustang GT Coupe , a V8,  3 speed automatic with an under dash air tilt wheel is valued over $30 thousand according to Frydenlund.      
 
Jorge Arrizon says he hasn't really won anything of significant value his entire life.
 
"I still couldn't believe it. It's been pretty amazing were still talking about what we will do with it and where we will store it," says Arrizon.      
 
For those of you who couldn't attend this year you can check it out next year. The Caballeros de Yuma are already preparing for 2013.
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