Boy, 11, wins train garden in raffle for food banks

Fund-raiser brings in $4,000 for organization

January 20, 2002|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF

An 11-year-old Westminster boy won last month's eighth annual Advent Train Garden fund-raiser raffle for Carroll County Food Sunday.

Kyle Mosley, son of Ed and Shawnee Mosley, won the 4-by-9-foot N-gauge train layout in the drawing Dec. 22. Kyle's grandmother bought six tickets and gave three to him. His winning number was 14.

Carroll County Food Sunday earned more than $4,000 from the raffle, said Derek Anderson, board chairman for the organization that helps feed the hungry through food banks in Westminster, Taneytown and Sykesville.

Kyle, a sixth-grader at Carroll Christian School, said he heard the news that he had won on the answering machine at home. He said he had a feeling he was going to win when the tickets were bought.

"I ... started thinking about what I wanted to do with it," said Kyle, who puts up a Christmas train garden at home.

The train garden was donated by Bob Beglin of Westminster, who built the layout in his basement. Previously, Trinity Lutheran Church of Taneytown had donated a train garden for the raffle.

Beglin's detailed layout included five trains traveling around a town nestled against a tree-filled mountain and surrounding farmland. N-gauge is a small train, making it possible to create a full layout on a little table.

The train garden was moved from TownMall of Westminster to the garage at Kyle's home in a moving truck, he said. He plans to replace a burned-out part and add churches and Western Maryland College buildings to the display.

"Mr. Beglin went to Western Maryland College, and my mom works there," Kyle said.

For the first time, the train layout was displayed at TownMall of Westminster. Peggy Funk, marketing director, donated an empty store space near the food court for the display, Anderson said.

Tickets sold for $1 each or six for $5 during the four weeks before Christmas.

"We had a number of people who just stopped by and donated money, who weren't interested in the raffle but just wanted to give to the food bank," Anderson said. "It's money that's certainly going to come in handy."

Other raffle winners were Ed Roberts of Westminster, who received an HO-scale train for second place, and Ed Ovelgone of Finksburg, who won a football autographed by the Ravens for third place.

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