Winners drawn in Winter Raffle Smorgasbord

Sports Boosters fundraiser helps kids play sports


A nice selection of prizes were won by those who took part in the Winter Raffle Smorgasbord Rockford Sports Boosters fundraiser. According to Eric Zant, organizer, sponsors stepped up to offer a variety of prize packages that were sure to have plenty of appeal.

“This supports the pay to play programs for Rockford students,” said Zant. “It also goes toward whatever else the programs need, whether it be uniforms or equipment.”

Grand prize winner was Laura Sokol, a hockey fan, who won an Apple iPad 32 gb. Taking second prize, a weekend for two at Boyne Mountain Ski Resort was Shari Donley, who, Zant said, is a fan of the ski program and was already planning to make the trip she won.

The third prize, a Weber Spirit E310 grill from Rockford Ace Hardware, was Ron Ayers. Taking home a $250 gift card for Meijer was hockey fan Scott Miller. Crew fan Tonya Plekes won the $150 gift card from Ric’s Food Center and winning a gourmet food basket from Savory Sweets was Pam Smith, a hockey fan.

Zant said the Sports Boosters are appreciative of those who bought tickets and the sponsors who provided prizes. The raffle raised $7,000. Sponsors are Tinney Automotive, Ric’s Food Center, Meijer, MVP Sports, CDA Technology Consults, Rockford Construction, Pizza Hut of Rockford, Wolverine Worldwide and Savory Sweets.

“Tinney does this because the company believes it is important to be part of the community and contribute to a cause such as this,” said Zant. “We do it for the kids.”

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