Raffle Winners Take Home $37,500 in Cash

On January 30th, a 30 degree day that could only be described as balmy by Minnesota standards, Dakota Curling Club conducted our drawing to determine winners in our first ever Cash Raffle fundraiser. $37,500 in prize money was awarded and Dean Skallman took home the grand prize of $25,000.

Other winners included: $10,000 to Courtney Funk and $5,000 to Tom Picket. Consolation $ 500 prize winners included Carla Willetto, Linda Santoni, Tim Risdal, Pat Ponzio and Charlie Kanan

For the past few months Dakota Curling Club members have been selling $25 raffle tickets as a fundraiser.  Over $14,000 was raised to fund operation of the downtown Lakeville curling club during the campaign.

Saturday's drawing was held at the home fo club members Lisa Backer and Darren Kermes and the couple pulled out all the stops by providing outdoor curling and multiple bon fires for the socially distanced event on Lake Marion. Darcy Ellarby, club co-founder and raffle organizer served as host for the roughly 50 attendees. The event was also streamed on Facebook Live (below).

The prize for most tickets sold, free curling for a year at DCC, went to Dave and Linda Minter.

Thanks to all who sold tickets, those who bought tickets and those that continue to support Dakota Curling Club. Good curling, everyone