A lucky pick nabs Canoe FM canoe 0
Haliburton's Jack Virgin, from front left, with wife Lorraine came to see their new 14' Langford Heron Rowing Canoe, as Canoe FM's Dave Allen, sales representative, at back left, Paul Cameron, president and Roxanne Casey, station manager present the top prize for the 9th annual Canoe FM Fundraiser Golf Draw on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Lorraine has already staked claim to the boat, offering her husband the rowing position in the boat. The fundraiser offered $13,000 in prizes including the $5,000 top prize. DARREN LUM/HALIBURTON ECHO/QMI AGENCY
Normally the Virgins buy three tickets, but this year they bought just the one.
It proved to be the lucky one for the top prize in this year’s ninth annual Canoe FM Fundraiser Golf Draw.
When Lorraine Virgin came to get her 14-foot Langford cedar strip rowboat with husband Jack from Canoe FM, she spoke about the chances of winning.
“You only need one to win,” she said, smiling of her $5,000 boat. “We didn’t expect anything.”
This was a record year for the fundraiser in terms of tickets sold.
Out of 750 tickets printed, the fundraiser sold a record 726.
It offered more than $13,000 worth of prizes and the funds support the community not-for-profit radio station.
Everything has virtually come full circle for the Virgins, who have been supporters and volunteers of the station since it started.
Lorraine said winning was appropriate since she and her husband Jack canvassed the community, selling tickets by paddling to locations in the very first canoe raffled nine years ago.
Although she is more of a kayaker than a rower, she loved the idea of letting her husband row while she sits at the back.