Tom Fife of Visalia, a delegate to the Republican National Convention, made a long-shot Scottish bet that Donald Trump would win the presidential election.
It paid off handsomely.
Three years go, Fife visited Lisbon to attend a conference and made friends with a gentleman from Scotland. Despite the Scot being “a dyed-in-the-wool socialist,” they got along very well, he said.
When Fife returned home to Visalia, he put his unspent euros in a safe place. When Trump announced in June 2015 that he was running for president, Fife knew exactly what to do with those euros.
He sent them to his socialist friend in Glasgow and asked him to place a wager on a Donald Trump victory. Two “next president” tickets costing 175 euros total were purchased from BetVictor betting agency.
Fife was prescient about Trump. “I predicted he would win a long time ago,” he said.
In 2012, he wrote a column in the Visalia Times-Delta praising Trump. (Fife writes the conservative side for a point-counterpoint column, with Joe Altschule taking the liberal view.) To his surprise, Trump was given a copy of the column via his clipping service. “He circled it and wrote “Thank you, Donald” and sent it to me,” Fife said.
Anyway, with the election of Donald Trump, one ticket paid off at 12-1 odds and the other at 7-1, for a total return of 1,900 euros, or about $2,000 at current rates.
Not bad for a 175 euro bet.
There may be a technical issue involving repatriation of gambling winnings, but Fife is researching it.
FOOD DRIVE: Employees at Ruiz Food Products are supporting good causes. Last month, they donated 3,000 pounds of nonperishable foods for a food drive.
Wednesday, Ruiz delivered pallets of the donated food to College of the Sequoias Food Pantry and Open Gate Ministries in Dinuba, where the company is based.
That’s not all. Last month, Ruiz held its second annual Pink Out Day. Several hundred employees, including corporate office people, wore pink and donated $5 each.
They raised $4,880, which was donated to Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation for the Lost Girls Mammogram Fund, which covers the cost of mammograms for low-income women 40 and younger.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB: The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias has been awarded $20,000 to mentor 32 youths ages 6 through 18 in Visalia.
Last year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America received a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to mentor at-risk youths, including those at high risk of gang involvement or delinquency. Local clubs submitted grant applications for a share of the funds.
Last year, the Boys & Girls Club of Fresno County received $40,000 for the mentoring program.