The Rotary Club of Haliburton capped off its successful annual car draw campaign Aug. 5, pulling this year’s winner – Haliburton’s Judy Neimann – via Facebook livestream.

Club president Ted Brandon and Treasurer Maureen O’Hara were on hand for the draw, which sold all of its 7,000 tickets. On the line was a 2020 Chevrolet Camaro Lt Coupe or $30,000 cash, winner’s choice.

Brandon said it was the club’s most successful draw in terms of sales, with tickets running out two weeks in advance.

“We debated long and hard about where we thought this draw could be successful in this COVID environment,” Brandon said. “Credit to you, our supporters, it was unbelievable. People responded to our direct mail campaign like never before…It’s our major fundraiser for the year and it would have been a long Rotary year had we not proceeded. And thanks to you, it was a huge, huge success.”

The draw would normally be held after the fireworks at the Rotary Carnival at Head Lake Park, but that was cancelled this year due to COVID-19. Still, the Rotary Club managed to put on a beef-on-a-bun fundraiser, as well as a ground-breaking ceremony for its welcome centre project, earlier in the day.

The club said on its Facebook page it reached out to Neimann after the draw.

“Needless to say, she is over the moon excited,” the club said. “Thanks to all who supported our draw. You helped make a difference in our community.

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