Neko Case Presents: The Cougar-Rama Muscle Car ‘Splosion

The raffle will benefit 826 National literacy programs. Grand prize winner will be selected March 18. Grammy-nominated Neko Case will give away her 1967 Mercury Cougar, in a raffle to benefit 826 National. Tickets:
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Feb. 15, 2011 - PRLog -- Grammy-nominated musician Neko Case will give away her beloved classic 1967 Mercury Cougar, featured on her Grammy-nominated album Middle Cyclone,  to one lucky winner in a raffle to benefit 826 National. The Grand Prize winner will be selected on March 18, 2011, and tickets can be purchased at beginning today. The Cougar-Rama Muscle Car ‘Splosion benefits 826 National, which provides free tutoring and literacy programs to more than 24,000 students in eight cities nationwide.

In addition to the Grand Prize, 826 National will draw a prize per day beginning on Monday, March 14, 2011.

Prizes include:
•   The ANTI- catalog of records, a 60-disc Matador Records sampler
•   Poketo’s Road Trip prize pack
•   A drum head signed by The New Pornographers
•   Neko’s limited-edition 1966 Gretsch Silver Duke guitar, signed by Michael Stipe, Jimmy          
       Fallon, and more
•   A Gibson acoustic guitar signed by members of the Speaking Clock Revue including  
       Elton John, Elvis Costello, and more
•   A Carr amplifier
•   An Adidas prize pack
•   Dinner for 10 from Chipotle
•   And much more

Proceeds from this raffle support 826 National. Co-founded by award-winning educator Nínive Calegari and award-winning author Dave Eggers, 826 National centers are located in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Ann Arbor, Boston, and Washington, DC. Last year, 826 chapters served over 24,000 students and produced 800 student-authored publications. All 826 student programs are free of charge.

Limited-edition Poketo T-shirts are being sold in conjunction with the raffle in 826 chapter storefronts across the country and online at

Summary of the Rules
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The raffle is open to legal residents of the U.S. who are at least 21 years old and who hold a valid U.S. driver’s license, excluding employees of 826 National and anyone who lives with them.

Ticket Sales
One ticket costs $45, two tickets costs $75, and all extra tickets after two cost $25 each. There is no individual limit on ticket sales!

Tickets may be purchased by fax, mail, telephone, or in-person only.

To purchase by mail or fax, download the Official Raffle entry form at Fax the completed form and payment to 415-642-5914; or mail the completed form and payment to: 826 National, 826 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. Please do not mail cash.

To order by telephone, call 415-730-7526. The phone lines are open from 10 AM PST to 5 PM PST, Monday through Friday.

To order in person, visit 826 National at 826 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110.

Once an order has been processed, 826 National will mail a ticket stub to the ticketholder. Tickets are all non-transferable, non-tax-deductible, and final sale.

The first four drawings will be made by an 826 National rep on March 14, March 15, March 16, and March 17, 2011. Your ticket order must be received by March 11, 2011 to be eligible for the first drawing, and by 5pm PST on the preceding day for each following drawing. The Grand Prize Drawing will be held on March 18, 2011 and all tickets that were eligible for the prior drawings, including winning tickets, will be included.

FIRST DRAWING PRIZE – Monday, March 14, 2011
Epiphone PR-5E acoustic/electric guitar (signed)
·     Mahogany body, chrome hardware.
·     Color: Cherry sunburst

SECOND DRAWING PRIZE – Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Carr amplifier, cream colored Rambler extension cabinet

THIRD DRAWING PRIZE – Wednesday, March 16, 2011
A collection of pre-selected Vinyl from Sub Pop Records

FOURTH DRAWING PRIZE – Thursday, March 17, 2011
Neko Case’s 1966 Silver Duke Guitar (signed)

GRAND PRIZE DRAWING PRIZES – Friday, March 18, 2011
1. Neko Case’s 1967 Mercury Cougar Roadster
2. Poketo Roadtrip Prize Pack
·     Poketo Removable/Restickable Artist Decals
·     Poketo Travel Journal
·     Poketo Sketchbook
·     Poketo Artist Wallet
3. Three Rand McNally Road Atlas maps covering the United States and Canada
4. Kurt Dahle’s drumhead signed by the New Pornographers
5. CHIPOTLE gift card for a burrito dinner for ten
6. Six cases of assorted Tazo Tea (each case holds six boxes with 24 bags/box)
7. Adidas Sports Prize Pack
·     Adidas Sport Sennheiser CX 310 headphones, White/Blue (Q08670)
·     Adidas Sport Sennheiser CX 310 headphones, White/Blue (Q08671)
·     Adidas Sport Airline Bag
·     $100 Adidas Gift Card
8. Pre-selected CD prize packs from Matador Records, Astralwerks, Secretly Canadian/Dead Oceans/JagJaguar and Anti-

All prizes, unless arranged to be picked up in person, will be shipped to the winners at 826 National’s expense, though winners must pay any federal/state taxes on prize items.


Proceeds from the sale of the car and the T-shirts will support 826 National. All details for the drawing can be found at:

About the car:
Introduced in 1967 and named that year's Motortrend Car of the Year, this burgundy Mercury Cougar came standard with a hardtop 289 V8 and serious muscle. It's got an automatic transmission, 3-speed “Merc-o-matic,” red interior with aqua space lights, wood steering wheel, hideaway headlights, sequential tail lights, and a fully wired car stereo. Only sold in two-door. Neko named this car “Angie Dickinson,” and it’s only had two owners and has its original paint. There is enough room in the back of the car to move a small apartment, house your lending library, or to fit your band’s gear (or your kid’s band’s gear!). The beloved photo of Neko standing on the Cougar on the Middle Cyclone album cover has been nominated for the 2009 “Best Recording Package” Grammy.

About 826 National:
826 National is a network of eight nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping students, ages 6-18, with expository and creative writing.

Our mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.
Each chapter offers after-school tutoring, field trips, workshops, and in-schools programs — all free of charge — for children, classes, and schools with particular interests or particular needs.

For more information about 826 National, visit

About Neko Case:
Neko Case’s latest release Middle Cyclone debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and has sold over 200,000 albums worldwide. The album was nominated for two Grammy awards: “Best Contemporary Folk Album,” and “Best Recording Package.” Paste Magazine named Middle Cyclone the “Album Cover of the Decade,” and listed it as #1 in the “Top 100 Amazon Picks.” Case is also a member of the mostly-Canadian band the New Pornographers and recently toured North America accompanying Jakob Dylan in the band Three Legs.

According to Neko:  
826 gives young folks the opportunity to see their own works PUBLISHED, tangible and important. I want all young people to see the path illuminate before them as their self worth grows. 826 is a positive AND challenging place for young minds from ALL different backgrounds. 826 also strives to raise the profile of  teachers in America, and celebrate them as the superstars they are! I am so proud to be a part of this event, and I hope to do 826 proud with this drawing.

For more information about Neko Case, visit and

About Poketo:
Poketo was founded by husband-and-wife team Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung, and collaborates with an international roster of artists to create limited-edition lifestyle wares including apparel, accessories, stationery, and home decor. houses the entire collection and artist roster, and offers a place for people to connect with the creative community.

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