Dick Van Dyke Picks a Winner: Actor Drops by Bolt Barbers for Midnight Mission Raffle

Photo by Gary Leonard.Published: Friday, July 30, 2010 10:09 AM PDT   ©Downtown News

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – Spring Street’s Bolt Barbers got a distinguished visitor this week, when Dick Van Dyke dropped by.

On Monday, July 26, the legendary actor — whose career includes his own television show as well as appearances in films such as Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, showed up to pick the first winner, a vacation worth $5,000, in a series of raffles benefiting the Midnight Mission. Van Dyke is a longtime supporter of the Mission, which is headquartered on San Pedro Street in Skid Row.

Another “early bird” drawing, also for a trip, will be held Aug. 25, and in September the big prizes, including a BMW 750 or $65,000 in cash, will be handed out. Other prizes include additional trips and iPads,

The raffle, for which Los Angeles Downtown News is a co-sponsor, is an effort to help the mission at a time when it has more people seeking services yet fewer donations due to the economy. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at or by calling (877) 338-2968.