Corvette raffle to raise funds for family of slain Taylor police officer

A 2011 ZR1 Corvette will be raffled off by Taylor Chevrolet to raise funds for the family of a Taylor police officer who was killed in the line of duty.

The sale of raffle tickets is under way. Each ticket costs $100 with the proceeds of $75,000 to $85,000 being donated to the Matthew Edwards Trust Fund.

Cpl. Edwards was shot and killed while investigating a reported burglary on July 23. The former Taylor police officer of the year is survived by his wife and two young children.

After at least 2,200 tickets are sold, the drawing would take place on January 3, 2011, at Taylor Chevrolet, 13801 Telegraph Road.

The auto dealer will pay the federal, state and sales tax on behalf of the winner. The license and all financial transactions are being handled by the Thin Blue Line, a nonprofit organization that supports police officers, including assisting with Cpl. Edwards’ funeral arrangements.

Tickets will be on sale at a variety of locations:

  • Taylor Chevrolet, 13801 Telegraph Road
  • The Taylor Police Department, 23515 Goddard Road
  • The Taylor Midtown Fire Station, 23345 Goddard Road
  • Lakes of Taylor Golf Club, 25505 Northline Road
  • Taylor Meadows Golf Club, 25360 Ecorse Road
  • Mayor’s Office at Taylor City Hall, 23555 Goddard Road

“Taylor Chevrolet regrets this unfortunate incident and felt compelled to do something for the family of the slain officer, Matthew Edwards,” said Taylor Chevrolet owner Bill Perkins. “The City of Taylor Police Department provides us the safety and peace of mind every day and this is the least we could do to show our appreciation for the services they provide – not only to us, but the entire community of Taylor, Michigan.”

Taylor Mayor Jeffrey P. Lamarand and Chief of Police Dale Tamsen praised Taylor Chevrolet for the company’s generous support of the city and Police Department. Mayor Lamarand said the city values the dealership’s “community partnership.”

The Corvette will be on display at various public events and posters and flyers will advertise the raffle throughout the community. For more information, contact Taylor Chevrolet at (734) 287-2600.

Standing near a ZR1 Chevrolet Corvette at Taylor Chevrolet are Taylor Mayor Jeffrey P. Lamarand
(left), New Car Sales Manager Jody Lee Smith, dealership owner Bill Perkins, Chief of Police Dale
Tamsen and General Manager Mark Montante.