The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) Foundation made Valentine's Day extra special for Norbert Didion of Bellevue, OH, as his name was drawn as the grand prize winner in the 13th annual “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” Corvette Raffle. The winning ticket was #1068. A video of the raffle may be seen below.
Kevin Strecker, mayor for the City of Bellevue, had the honor of drawing the winners out of the barrel containing all 2,023 tickets sold for the raffle.
As the grand prize winner, Didion has his choice of a brand new 2023 Corvette plus $40,000, or $100,000 in cash.
Four runner-up winners each received cash prizes, including Thomas Hartnett, Rochelle, IL, $2,023 (ticket #0020); Michael Adniskey, Akron, OH, $1,917 (ticket #1489); Kathy Pacanovsky, Medina, OH, $1,500 (ticket #701); and Betty Christian, Norwalk, OH, $1,000 (ticket #1220).
“We wish to congratulate Norbert and the other four winners,” said Tim Buit, president and CEO of TBH. “We kicked-off this raffle the first week of September 2022 and we accomplished our goal of selling all 2,023 tickets by November of 2022."
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 47 different U.S. states, with 940 of the 2,023 tickets available sold to residents in Ohio, 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 the Amsden House Restaurant in Bellevue, 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.”
Due to the growing popularity of the raffle, The Bellevue Hospital Foundation will now offer two Corvette raffles each calendar year. The next raffle will begin on April 1 and will once again feature a Grand Prize of $100,000 or a new Corvette plus $40,000. Early Bird specials will begin in May with the Grand Prize drawing being held at The Bellevue Hospital Foundation’s golf outing on July 26. If you are not a previous ticket purchaser and would like to join the mailing list for the upcoming raffle, visit vetteraffle.com. A total of 2,023 tickets will be sold. Continue to check our website for upcoming raffle information.