For the 22nd year in a row, the Cars for Christmas lottery is back in the Grande Prairie area, with a grand prize including a truck, snowmobile and trailer. For the first time, the big winner will also have the choice to forgo the package for a cash prize of $ 100,000.
The number of community groups receiving funds from ticket sales in 2021 increased from 13 to 12 last year. They include the Center for Creative Arts, the Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools Education Foundation, Hythe & District Agricultural Society, PARDS, Resource Center for Suicide Prevention, United Way Alberta Northwest, Regional EMS Foundation, Grande Prairie Gymnastics Society, Swan City Rotary Club , Grande Prairie Rotaract Club, Grande Prairie After Five Rotary Club, Grande Prairie Sunrise Rotary Club.
Swan City Rotary Club Lottery Director Pamela Nordin said she has partnered with Rotary After Five and Sunrise clubs again for the lottery after a successful partnership with Cash and Camping Lottery earlier this year. . She says while the pandemic may have caused problems last year, they believe they can weather the storm thanks to what was learned in 2020.
“I think in some ways it will be easier to run the lotteries because we know how to pivot really quickly,” she says. “We were prepared last year for any eventuality, but this year we have experience in it, so I think we are in a better position to deal with these pandemic punches.”
Nordin says, despite so many people in the struggling region over the past 18 months, organizers are overwhelmed by the generosity of the community when it comes to helping the nonprofits that need it most. .
“It never ceases to amaze me how they come together and come together. It really warms my heart to see this every time we go out, and the community comes forward and we are so grateful. “
Ticket sales for the Swan City Rotary Club 2021 Cars For Chrismas Lottery are now live, with a kiosk at Prairie Mall also slated to open on October 26. You can find a full price list and more lottery information on the Cars for Christmas website.