With a total number of 1,555 tickets sold, the Weyburn Humane Society gathered with their eager contestants at Great Plains Ford this Saturday, celebrating a successful fundraiser and to draw for the winners of their 'Save a Dog, Drive a Bronco' raffle. Ticket sales ran throughout the Summer with staff and volunteers contributing countless hours of their time to pop-up sales and appearances at community events. According to Colleen Morrice, Shelter Manager and Board Member of the Weyburn Humane Society, these tireless efforts raised an impressive sum for the organization.

"Now I don't know the exact number off the top of my head," said Morrice, "but after paying for the Bronco and the two cash prizes, it'll be right around a hundred thousand. It's so incredible." 


The event began with hamburgers and hotdogs sizzling on the grill while the staff of Great Plains Ford and the Humane Society welcomed their first guests at 11:00 a.m. Lunch was provided for free as a generous gift of appreciation following the immense support of the community, with many diners choosing to make an additional donation to further show their support. Guests were also delighted to meet Flash, a mild-mannered resident of the Shelter and one of the young dogs currently available for adoption.


Ticket holders filled the showroom with full bellies and smiling faces at 1:00 p.m. for the beginning of the draws. Weyburn Police Chief Jamie Blunden appeared as a special guest and was presented with the honor of drawing the three winning tickets. The first draw made Trena Sletten the proud owner of a brand-new Ford Bronco Sport, Big Bend Edition, valued at $45,758.64. Laurie Tracey's ticket earned the second-place prize of $3,000 cash. Lastly, Ivan Olson claimed $2,000 cash in the third-place draw. 

"It was so exciting! How great for the winners. And to all of the people who bought tickets from us; We so appreciate it. The money earned will go directly to our new building!"


Although ticket sales were initially quite stunted from the numbers hoped for in the beginning parts of Summer, Morrice said they received an overwhelming response from supporters throughout August. 

"Coming into August, we hadn't even sold half of our tickets," she recalls. "I think we were at 560 at that time, so the community really came out and got us up to the 1,555 total. The last two days have been insane! My phone hasn't stopped. I used up all of my data, and my phone stopped working as well!"


"I'd just like to thank both of our Co-Chairs from the Fundraising Committee. They worked so hard on this all through the Summer. Also Corrine, Randy and Bev for being by my side for the last week. We've been at the shelter from 8 in the morning until midnight for the last four days and we're all feeling it, we're all tired, but we're all still so excited!"

Morrice also shared that there will be more exciting news coming from the Humane Society in the near future, and to watch for her next announcement on Discover Weyburn this coming week. Discover Weyburn extends their congratulations to the lucky winners of the 'Save a Dog, Drive a Bronco' raffle, and their sincere gratitude to the community for their support of the Weyburn Humane Society. 


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