Greg Craychee’s gift from the heart to the Anne Carlsen Center (ACC) became a two-fold donation when it provided ACC students the chance to see vintage Americana.

Craychee, who lives in Moorhead, Minn., presented the Center with a 1925 Dodge Brothers Coupe on July 8. The presentation turned into a sort of hands-on, historical lesson when students joined ACC Foundation members to see the unveiling of the antique car.

The car was delivered in an enclosed trailer by Craychee and his friend and neighbor, Lloyd Emerson, the car’s previous owner.

“I thought the best part of the day was when the kids saw the car,” says ACC Planned Giving Specialist Shelley Nannenga. “When our boys and girls saw it, they came out and were so excited – the staff as well.”

Students from the Anne Carlsen Center gathered around the vintage car, carefully touching its exterior.

“Watching how excited the students were to sit in the car was great,” says ACC Teacher Jackie Loepp. “It is always a joy to watch the students light up when they get to experience new things.”

They inspected the car from top to bottom, looking at everything from the wooden wheel spokes to the metal rail on the running boards that holds luggage in place. Some of the students sat in the driver’s seat, moving the steering wheel slightly and pretending to be driving the coupe. Others looked at the car’s tires and marveled at the vehicle’s other wooden accents.

Craychee, whose brother was enrolled at the Center in the 1950s, decided to donate the vehicle to the Center after attending a donor luncheon in March. The automobile is scheduled to make a tour of Jamestown, stopping at various auto dealerships. The Center will accept sealed bids on the vehicle for nearly two months and those bids will be opened on Sept. 1.

“It would be fun to keep, but it is just not practical,” says Nannenga. “Because the gift is different, it will be used in a different way. We wanted to sell it to someone who was going to love it as much as Greg and Lloyd loved it. What we get from the sale will do so much for us, with the flooding this spring and the economic times. It is a needed and welcomed boost.”

“I have donated to the Anne Carlsen Center throughout the years,” explains Craychee. “It is just such a good place to spend your money.”

“The gift is unique because it is an antique,” says Nannenga. “I did the paperwork step-by-step and took care of all the IRS forms. We can take care of any gift from beginning to end. That is what our job entails in the Anne Carlsen Center Foundation, as we work to nurture abilities and change lives.”

Sealed bids can be mailed to Anne Carlsen Center Foundation 701 3rd St. NW, PO Box 8000, Jamestown, ND 58402. Individuals who would like to donate to the Anne Carlsen Center are encouraged to call Shelley Nannenga toll free at 1-800-568-5175 or contact her through e-mail at shelley.nannenga@annecenter.org.

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