An estimated crowd of 2,000 people left their lawn chairs at home and sunk into a seat in Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center on North Idaho College’s campus Wednesday night hoping to become winners in the NIC Foundation’s Really BIG Raffle drawing. The event, which is normally held outside on the campus grounds, was moved inside due to the threat of thunderstorms throughout Wednesday afternoon.
Cash and prizes totaling more than $285,000 were given away at the 18th annual event, including the $250,000 house built by students in NIC’s carpentry program.
Winners of the first, second, third and fourth place prizes may apply the cash value to the prize of their choice. Winners did not need to be present to win any of the prizes this year.
This year’s winners were:
Grand prize $250,000 house—Donna Wallar of Ephrata, Wash., with ticket #1961.
First place $20,000 car—Paul Wedeberg of Snohomish, Wash., with ticket #1448.
Second place $10,000 boat—Jennifer Erickson of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with ticket #0173.
Third place $3,500 travel package—Lynda Orsburn of Spokane Valley, Wash., with ticket #3289.
Fourth place $2,000 shopping spree—Justin Millette of Spirit Lake, Idaho with ticket #0507.
Those who purchased tickets by May 31 also qualified to win two additional early bird prizes. The $500 gift card to Super 1 Foods went to Richard Coleman of Spokane Valley, Wash., and the North Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association weekend getaway was won by Doug and Alyson Wayman of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The Waymans were the only major prize winners at the drawing.
Three bonus prizes were also given away. Beverly Hawker of Otis Orchards, Wash., won a $100 gift card to Wolf Lodge Steakhouse; William P. Howard of Spokane, Wash. won two Silverwood Theme Park passes; and Richard and Susan Andrews of Hayden, Idaho won a Keurig Coffee Brewing System.
The last of the Really BIG Raffle’s 5,000 tickets was sold the day before the drawing July 12, selling out for the 18th consecutive year.
“Another really BIG thank you is owed to all of the supporters of this event,” said NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson. “With the economic conditions what they are, we are so grateful to the community for their continued support of this important fundraiser, which directly benefits students through scholarships, technology and program needs.”
This year’s raffle was supervised and audited by the public accounting firm of Moss Adams.
The NIC Foundation will receive approximately $218,000 from the Really BIG Raffle this year. Through the fundraiser the past 18 years, the NIC Foundation has generated net proceeds of $2.99 million. This revenue has enhanced the NIC Foundation’s ability to support important student needs, programs and technology and equipment at NIC.