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MGB Car Story

Thanks to a generous gift by Barry and Marcy Dobil, owners of Josh Early Candies, the Parkland Education Foundation is raffling off a restored 1969 MGB Roadster convertible. 

1969 was also the year in which Barry and Marcy Dobil graduated from Parkland High School where they enjoyed being high school sweethearts.  In 1973, they married, then raised 4 children who were educated in the Parkland School District. They now enjoy the company of 9 grandchildren who for a good time to come will also be educated in Parkland Schools. 

Barry stated, “In celebration of the car’s 50th anniversary and 50 years since high school, my wife and I decided to donate the MGB to the Parkland Education Foundation to be raffled off as a fundraiser for the benefit of the students within the Parkland School District.”

Barry Dobil has owned the car for the last 30 years and the car has only about 60,000 miles on it as well as a relatively new engine, but the interior needed work as the seats were worn and tattered and the carpeting was in need of replacement.  To get the car ready for the raffle, Barry decided to contact Moss Motors, who makes the MGB, and they were moved by his enthusiasm and commitment to his alma mater and generously agreed to donate all the parts needed for an interior restoration. Generosity and passion are contagious because Barry next contacted LCTI teacher Carey Troxell in the Auto Body/Collision Repair Technology Program and asked if he and his students might be up to the task of installing the new parts.   Mr. Troxell and his Parkland students, Hailey Booth, Luis Solano and Nicholas Lopez, took on the challenge, and the car now sports new black leather seats with red piping, new carpeting, 3-point seat belts, and trim work. Next, local garage Integrity Auto gave the car an extensive mechanical renewal including a change of all fluids, Pennsylvania state inspection and a tune-up at no charge. And finally, Ruozzi Brothers Classic Cars donated their services to detail the car, making its chrome sparkle.

Lisa Ervin, Executive Director for the Parkland Education Foundation, stated, “This is a true community project and an example of how a community can come together in support of public education.  We are so thankful for wonderful and engaged citizens like Barry and all of the people mentioned above who donated time and talent to this project.  We hope that the enthusiasm continues in the form of raffle ticket sales as one lucky winner will take home this beautiful convertible in November!” 

Tickets are $20 for one and $50 for three and can be purchased at various District events through November 21st when the drawing will take place during the Parkland Education Foundation sponsored Harlem Wizards basketball game at Parkland High School.  Tickets may also be purchased at the Administration Center, 1210 Springhouse Rd, Allentown, PA 18104 between 8 AM - 4 PM, Monday – Friday or by mail via this flyer.