Earlier today, Rotaryfest ‘Take Your Pick’ draw grand prize winners picked up their winnings.
And for the first time in at least five years, they didn’t choose the $75,000 cash prize.
Allen Dunphy and Karen Westrope, holders of ticket number 16717, are now the proud new owners of a brand new 2019 Corvette Grand Sport, and of course a $10,000 cheque.
The pair joined local media, Rotary organizers, and Prouse staff at Prouse Motors for a cheque presentation and to grab the keys to their sweet new ride!
Dunphy was at Metro Churchill plaza the Wednesday before Rotaryfest grocery shopping when he saw professional seller Samuel Ferris selling the Take Your Pick tickets.
“I was on my way out and I walked past the ticket seller and just as I walked past I thought ‘Oh I want to buy one of those tickets’. I never carry cash and I just happened to have twenty dollars cash on me, so I thought ‘I’m going to get one.” Al almost didn’t get his ticket, because when he turned around to go back, the one-way sliding doors had already closed. He tried to get them to open without success. “I turned and said ‘ah, forget about it’, but just then someone walked through the door and I was able to scoot back in and purchase the ticket from Samuel – thank you Samuel!”
Al’s partner Karen described the couple’s feelings about winning as “ecstatic – there are no other words for it – we’re completely ecstatic. I mean, how often does this happen? There were 18,000 [tickets] and we were chosen. We’re so fortunate. All I keep thinking throughout this whole experience is how lucky and fortunate we are, and how thankful.”
Take Your Pick Draw Co-Chairs, Pino Caputo and Landon Odom, are extremely pleased with the outcome of this year’s fundraiser. “This is the best car draw that I’ve ever been involved in,” shared Landon. “I’ve been involved for nineteen years, and the way that the community came together to support our draw this year still has me in awe. It is amazing. I’ve never been part of something as fantastic as this.” Pino is “very excited for the winners, very excited for the community, very excited for what we we’re able to do this year.”
Proceeds from the Rotaryfest ‘Take Your Pick Car Draw’ help the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie make a difference in our community. For 100 years the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie has fostered service, leadership, and good works. Founded in 1918, our mandate to support children with physical disabilities has been the heart behind the hard work of hundreds of Rotarians spanning generations.
It is only because of dedicated Rotarians, tireless volunteers, and our extremely generous community that the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie has had the privilege to give back millions of dollars and touch countless lives. Thank you for being part of our first 100 years of service.