Last October at American Airlines Sky Ball XI, Chef Robert Irvine graciously donated his Orange County Chopper to the Airpower Foundation to help raise funds.  The foundation decided to hold a raffle and started selling tickets in December.  The winners were drawn on April 27 at the Airpower Expo Air Show at the Naval Air Station / Joint Reserve Base.


The raffle consisted of three prizes. For the first place winner, the Orange County Chopper, for the second place winner, a VIP table for Sky Ball XII valued at $5000, and for the third place winner, a 2-night Vegas trip with air and hotel for two.


All of the tickets were placed in a spinning ticket tumbler at the Airpower Expo Air Show. Three children at the event were chosen to draw a ticket and winners were announced.


The winners from the raffle:

First Place and winner of the Orange County Chopper: John Roberts
Second Place and winner of the Sky Ball XII Table: Kris Vierra
Third Place and winner of the 2-night Vegas trip: Frank Rinaldo

Congratulations to the winners of the raffle and thank you to all who purchased a raffle ticket to support the Airpower Foundation. And a big thank you to Robert Irvine for giving the foundation the chopper and providing us with the opportunity.


Bob Wood mixing up the tickets before the drawing!

And our 3rd place winner is…

Mr. Frank Rinaldo

Drawing for the 2nd place prize!  And the winner is…..

Kris Vierra!  Congratulations!

Drawing for the Grand Prize!

Congratulations to John Roberts, winner of the Orange County Chopper!

Winner John Roberts with Airpoer Foundation Chairman, Roman Palomares, Airpower Council Chairman Sid Eppes, Airpower Foundation Vice Chairman, John Kinnear, and Airpower Council member, Tal Milian who generously donated space at his gallery to showcase the bike and was responsible for numerous ticket sales for the Raffle.

Here is a video from the Raffle drawing