The CUSD Foundation's 10th annual Raffle Fundraiser took place Saturday at the Ceres Street Faire which made for a lot of happy winners.
Proceeds from ticket donations support activities at Ceres schools and provide supplemental instructional support for Ceres teachers.
Four $500 cash prizes and five prize packages valued at $500 were raffled off and won by Edwin Rhyu of Modesto, Elizabeth Oregel of Ceres, and two tickets purchased from Caswell Elementary and Hidahl Elementary students. The prizes were donated by Bank of the West.
Maria Munoz of Ceres won the $500 Target gift card donated by John Hill of United Inspection. She purchased the winning ticket from a Cesar Chavez Junior High student.
Socorro Arrida of Modesto won the $500 grocery package donated by Cost Less Foods. This ticket was purchased from an Adkison Elementary student
The $500 entertainment package was won by Sonia Garibay.
She purchased the ticket from a Don Pedro Elementary student. This package included Black Oak Casino hotel stay, free slot play and dinner for four. In addition, this package contained free bowling passes donated by Yosemite Lanes, as well as a family package for four donated by the California Academy of Sciences, and lastly, two complimentary tickets from the Gallo Center for the Arts for the 2016-17 season.
A $500 fuel package donated by FF&J Architects was won by a Ceres resident who purchased the winning ticket from a Central Valley High student.
A $500 gas grill barbeque donated by Lowe's of Modesto was won by Ramon Cardona. His winning ticket was purchased from his daughter, a Don Pedro Elementary School student.
A large stuffed brown grizzly bear, donated by Bank of the West was won by Asenati Leota of Modesto, who purchased the ticket from a Mae Hensley student.
A second bonus prize, donated by Cost Less Foods of Ceres included a travel barbeque and cooler, as well as a 6' x 6' foot pop-up tent was won by a Modesto resident who purchased the ticket from a Virginia Parks Elementary student.
All winners have been notified by the CUSD Foundation staff.
Additional donors included West America Bank, Ceres Rotary, Ceres Lions, Embroidery Plus, Dr. Scott Siegel, and Smart & Final of Modesto.
Participating in the drawing of the winning tickets were local business and education representatives: Ceres Lions Club member Chad Adams, West America Bank Ceres branch manager Stacey Hance, City Councilman Bret Durossette, Don Foster of the Ceres Fire Department; and Linda Cooper retired Ceres High Activity Director.
For the ninth time, Eric Ingwerson served as the emcee for this event. Coordination and planning of this event was led by CUSD grants administrator Julie Lynn Martin-Borba who is a representative of the CUSD Foundation.