The Holy Pursuit’s Dream Foundation placed the first muzzleloader built by Marvin Wotring up for auction Friday night at the Bob Huggins Fish Fry at Mylan Park Event Center in Morgantown.
Guest of the fish fry were able to inspect the rifle and place their bid. Joe R. Pyle Complete Auction and Realty Services put the rifle on the block for a live auction. Wotring worked on building the muzzleloader from 1977 through 1978. The muzzleloader was carried by eight Mountaineers over a period of seven years of service.
“Anybody that knew Marvin Wotring, knew what a heart he had, incredible guy. I know I will probably be in tears when I have to hand that gun to somebody,” said Kevin Turner, Founder of Holy Pursuit’s Dream Foundation.
Ken Kendrick, Owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks was the winning bidder of muzzleloader for the price of $125,000. All of the proceeds from the sale of the muzzleloader will benefit Holy Pursuit’s Dream Foundation, an organization that focuses on providing memorable experiences for children who are suffering from major illnesses and injuries.
“These Kids spend more time in a hospital than they do in the outdoors, and anybody that goes hunting or fishing knows how calming it can be to just be out there. And we feel blessed, just humbled,” said Turner.
Holy Pursuit’s Dream Foundation was founded three years ago, and its goal is to provide hope and healing to kids through an outdoor adventure.