Oshki Ogimaag raffle winners announced
Oshki Ogimaag Charter School is $3,890 better off this year
thanks to a raffle fundraiser that culminated in the K-1 classroom on
September 4, the first day of school.
This is the first year the school has raised money this way. Five
hundred fifty-eight tickets were sold over the summer, bringing in
The first-place winner, Donna McNamara of Minneapolis, won $2,790 --
half of the revenue from ticket sales. She turned around and donated
$500 of her winnings back to the school. “We are very appreciative!”
said Oshki Ogimaag Director Anna Deschampe.
Deschampe also expressed appreciation to Grand Portage Lodge & Casino
and North Shore Dairy for donating the second- and third-place
prizes. Tony LaRose of the Twin Cities won the second-place prize, a
two-night stay at Hollow Rock Resort. Marie Morrin of Grand Portage
won third prize, a gift certificate for $200 from North Shore Dairy.
The winning tickets were drawn from the drum by the K-1 students.
In addition to ticket sales, individuals and businesses donated $1,100
toward the cause.
Director Anna Deschampe said, “Thank you to everybody who
participated.” She expressed gratitude to Grand Portage Lodge &
Casino, Grand Portage Trading Post, and Joynes Ben Franklin in Grand
Marais for selling tickets, to those who sold tickets at community
events throughout the summer, and to everyone who bought a ticket.
Deschampe hopes that the raffle will become a regular fundraiser for
the school. Up to 2,000 tickets were available this year, for a
potential grand prize of $10,000.