Raffle Drawing a the Diamond Care Center

by Logan Hoffman (Bridgewater Tribune)


     To keep the fishing pond running, John Alvarez successfully received many sponsors in support of the fundraiser for 2013.

Part of the fundraiser included a drawing that took take place on May 24th for the Sioux Falls, Mitchell and golfing prize packages, ticket sales started in November for these raffles.. With weather permitting, volunteers sold the tickets within a 75 mile radius. Alvarez appreciates everyone that has supported the fishing pond in buying tickets in all these years. “We did well selling tickets this year,” Alvarez said. “However it seems each year we end up surpassing sales from the year before which is great!”

     The drawing for the raffles took place at the Diamond Care Center Nursing home in Bridgewater S.D. The lucky winners were drawn by nursing home residents Donavon Straw, Rita Mae Michels and Marie Bahmuller. The lucky winner of the first package, which was the Mitchell package, was Greg Baily, owner of the Baily Metal Fabricators Inc. located in Mitchell SD. This package included prizes like one year of pop (288 cans) from the Coca Cola company, a $50 gift certificate to The Depot, and a one night stay whirl pool suite at the Hampton Inn.

      The winner of the Sioux Falls package was Mindy Powell from Brandon. This package includes a day admission for two at the Wild Water West water park, a John Deere bicycle from the Fred Haar Co Inc. and a one night stay in a traditional room at the Courtyard Marriott.

     Finally, the winner of the golfing package was Paul Richards from Bridgewater. This package included many green fees from area golf courses such as Wild Oak, Elmwood and McCook Country golf courses. Also 2 take and bake pizzas from Papa Murphy’s and other prizes.

     For a complete list of prizes check out the web site www.myfishingpond.com.

     “We finished the drawing off with a cup of coffee and a couple bars,” Alvarez said. “Going out and talking to people is great because it offers speech therapy for me. I really enjoy selling tickets to different people because it raises funds for My Fishing Pond, it’s a great cause and in the end you can win big!”