The winning tickets for the Instant Wine Cellar were drawn on December 30th. The raffle was presented by Red River North Tourism in conjunction with Holiday Alley and intended to both raise funds and draw public attention to efforts to reopen Kennedy House on River Road in St Andrews.
The Instant Wine Cellar collected 245 bottles of wine with an approximate value of $3800, shared between three lucky winners. Tickets sales and donations earned just under $7000 for Kennedy House. “Since all the wine was donated with the purchase of tickets, 100% of the funds received will be applied to future Kennedy House programs and promotions,” said Lois Wales, Red River North Tourism President and Co-Chair of the Kennedy House Renewal Committee.
Over a dozen varietals of white and rosé wines and more than sixteen types of reds were distributed between the three curated prize packages. Each prize also contained a sampling of wine paraphernalia sure to please any oenophile!
The winning ticket was purchased as a birthday gift for Kit Muir by her uncle. Muir took home a collection of 122 wines with a value over $1800. She is already planning to share her win with family and many friends in the community. Second prize winners Ron and Heather Bailey were looking forward to ringing in the New Year with one of the bottles of Brut in their collection of 74 wines. Lorie Fiddler, the third prize winner, also talked about sharing some of her wine with friends and co-workers. She took home over $700 worth of wine and accessories. The prizes had been boxed ready for drive-by pickup.
“Key to our success was the enthusiasm of our many ticket sellers,” said Wales. “In particular,” she continued, “the willingness of WishMe and The Rectory Gift Shop to sell tickets made a huge difference and ensured success of this fundraiser.” Both boutiques offered on-line ordering and drive-by wine drop off and ticket pickup throughout the holiday season.
Owned by the Province, Kennedy House has been closed since 2015 awaiting some structural repairs. The Kennedy House Renewal Committee has been in discussions with provincial staff regarding possible public uses for the property, perhaps including a return to a tea room, popular for many years in the historic building. It is hoped a partnership can be established with the Province similar to that between The Rectory (St Andrews Heritage Centre) and Parks Canada.