Chapter 20 of the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club partnered with Ricky Dunn, owner of E.R. pawn in Rockingham, to raffle off a shotgun.
Dunn donated a 12 gauge pump Mossberg shotgun 500 Bantam to help the club raise money. Phil Bledsoe, current president of the Blue Knights, Chapter 20, said they wanted to raffle off the shotgun during the holiday season so the winner could either give the gun as a Christmas present or keep it as a present for themselves.
Bledsoe said, “We’d like to thank Ricky Dunn for helping out with the raffle and looking out for the Blue Knights.”
The winner of the Mossberg is Candy Gunnings, a shift supervisor with the Richmond County Jail. “I was very excited,” Gunnings said.
Richmond County Sheriff James Clemmons Jr. bought multiple tickets for the raffle and Gunnings name was drawn, Gunnings said.
She said she never wins anything and she will always remember the day she won. “I think I am going to keep it,” Gunnings said when asked what she was going to do with her prize.
The tickets were $5 a piece and the drawing was Dec. 20.
Jackie Stoner, a retired part-time Captain of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and former president of the Blue Knights said the raffle was done to, “build funds up to continue to donate.”
The Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club is a non-profit fraternal organization that is made up of active and retired law enforcement officers who enjoy riding motorcycles. A member of the Blue Knights must be an active or retired officer and must own a motorcycle.
The Blue Knights also raises money for various charities. Some of the charities they donate to are The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Toys for Tots, D.A.R.E., and Concerns of Police survivors, a charity that helps the families who have lost an officer in the line of duty.
As of February 2010, Blue Knights have donated more than $13 million to numerous charities. In June 2009, the organizations had 599 chapters and approximately 20,000 members in 29 countries.
— Staff Writer Laura Edington can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.