Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
March 5, 2015

We've all played the “what-if” game fantasizing about hitting the lottery, and if you’re anything like us those fantasies quickly turn to what you’d park in your garage with all those millions. James Calder, from St. Augustine, Florida, didn't win the lottery, but he might as well have; Mr. Calder won the 2014 Mustang Dream Giveaway®, a nationwide drawing sponsored by New Beginning Children’s Homes, and his prize was not one, but two Shelby GT500s, a 1969 and a 2014. Of course, winning such a valuable prize does have its downside—you have to pay Uncle Sam a healthy tax on the established value of the prize, in this case well over $150,000. Not to worry, as part of his prize was another $50,000 in cash to help pay the federal withholding requirement for taxes!

Mr. Calder entered the Mustang Dream Giveaway for the fourth year in a row on November 7, 2014, by making a $20 tax-deductible donation, saying, “I am glad I was able to help the charities that were involved.” He got the call on January 20, 2015 telling him that he had won the national sweepstakes, and after he came to and picked himself up off the floor, began making plans to accept the two-car prize package at the special award ceremony on Friday, February 13, 2015, in Plymouth, Michigan. Yeah, we’re jealous too.

Mr. Calder is a retired General Motors supervisor who enjoys working on his 1987 Monte Carlo in his spare time, but we have a feeling he’s going to ditch the bowtie stuff in favor of Blue Oval iron with the addition of these two stellar Shelbys. He also plays bagpipes in the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Pipes and Drums band in Orange Park, Florida, and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Piper and Drum band in Buffalo, New York.

New Beginning Children’s Homes (NBCH) is a 501(c) 3 provider of family-style long-term residential care with a mission to provide foster children a safe and faith-centered family atmosphere where they can heal, grow, and be loved while working through difficult life issues. In addition to the funding they received, NBCH provided grants to several worthwhile charities, including Disabled American Veterans, National Guard Educational Foundation, National Association of Christian Churches, Smile Network International, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.