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Medical Teams International raffles Lexus

Medical Teams International has made a name for itself providing medical care to people around the world. But this month the organization is giving away something else: a brand new car.

The new Lexus hybrid is one of several items the Tigard-based health organization will raffle off as part of its annual Great Adventure auction, held Oct. 22 at the Medical Teams headquarters, 14150 S.W. Milton Court in Tigard.

The auction is a major fundraiser for Medical Teams International, usually bringing in about $1 million, said Douglas Bright, Medical Teams' director of development.

'This is the first time we've had a raffle of item like this,' Bright said. 'But at the auction we have a number of fairly high ticket items.'

People will also be able to bid on vacations in Mexico and Scotland and cruises around the world.

The five-passenger Lexus CT200h was donated by Lexus of Portland. Proceeds from raffling off the 42 miles-per-gallon car will help support Medical Teams' work providing emergency medical care to people around the world.

'We are heavily involved in disaster response,' Bright said. 'We've been involved in Eastern Africa with the drought crisis there.'

The hybrid car is on display at Lexus of Portland for a test drive.

Tickets for the Lexus can be purchased at Lexus of Portland's showroom on Canyon Road, at Medical Teams International's headquarters or by calling 503-343-3355.

Raffle tickets for the Lexus are $100 each, and Bright said that only 1,000 raffle tickets will be sold for the car.

'That way it makes the value of the ticket better for the people and it keeps the odds (better),' Bright said. 'If we don't sell 1,000 tickets, then the odds are going to be really good. It's a challenge in this economy to try and find thousands of people to do something like this.'

Since 2008, Medical Teams has treated about 4.5 million people around the world, according to numbers provided by the organization.

Recently the group provided medical treatment to people in Haiti after the 2009 earthquake and offered help during the Libyan uprising.

The organization has a clinic in Kenya where thousands of refugees are heading to escape ongoing drought.

'But what has been happening is that people are dying on the road on the way,' Bright said.

Medical Teams has set up camp 30 miles up the road in Somalia to treat refugees on their way to Kenya.

'In a recent message from there, they said they had treated 180 patients in about three hours,' Bright said. 'It's just incredible.'

For more information about Medical Teams and the raffle, visit medicalteams.org/raffle.