The Bellevue Hospital Foundation made Valentine's Day extra special for John Casale of Cooper City, FL, as his name was drawn as the grand prize winner in the 12th annual “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” Corvette Raffle. The winning ticket was #1725. A video of the raffle may be seen below.
Timothy A. Buit, President and CEO of The Bellevue Hospital, had the honor of drawing the winners out of the barrel containing all 2,022 tickets sold for the raffle.
As the grand prize winner, Casale has his choice of a brand new 2022 Corvette plus $40,000, or $100,000 in cash.
Four runner-up winners each received cash prizes, including James Webber, Waynesville, OH, $2,022 (ticket #1298); Joseph Weisenbach, Greensburg, IN, $1,917 (ticket #656); Gary Uhler, Bellevue, OH, $1,500 (ticket #1913); and Harry Burroughs, Fremont, OH, $1,000 (ticket #1959).
“We wish to congratulate John and the other four winners,” said Buit. “We kicked-off this raffle the first week of September 2021 and we accomplished our goal of selling all 2,022 tickets by mid-October of 2021 – a record in the 12-year history of the raffle."
Continued Buit, “The rate in which we sold out of tickets speaks highly of the integrity of this raffle and the ongoing support we had for this event - support that was not only local but reached across several U.S. states. This fundraiser was successful due to the great effort from our Foundation, Accounting Department, Marketing Department, and numerous volunteers who ensured this raffle was run the right way.”
The accounting firm of Cook, Smith & Company, CPA’s, Bellevue, OH, verified that all tickets were properly filled out and placed in the locked barrel prior to the drawing.
Tickets were sold to people in 44 different U.S. states, noted Dennis Sabo, TBH Foundation Director. “I would like to personally thank Garrett Steinle of Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde. They were the co-sponsor of this event. Also, thanks to Bill & Scott Brugnone at the Bellevue Beverage Center, the Fremont Steinle location, the hospital Gift Shop staff, TBH employees and Foundation Board members for all the support. We could not have accomplished this project without all their help.”
The 2023 Corvette Raffle will kick-off with Early Bird specials in September 2022. If you are not a previous ticket purchaser and would like to join the mailing list for next year’s raffle, visit www.vetteraffle.com. A total of 2,023 tickets will be sold. Continue to check our website for upcoming information on the 2023 Raffle.