Carlos Abel of Dillon was announced as the winner of the 2014 Ford Escape on the performance stage of the Rotary/Krystal 93 Festival in the Park in Dillon on Saturday.
Abel purchased his 14 tickets online, as he has done over the past several years. He got interested in Rotary when his family hosted a Summit High School student in 1998 at his home in Ecuador. He also had a son who went to Pennsylvania on a Rotary exchange for 12 months from Ecuador.
When Abel’s family immigrated to the United States searching for safety, he settled in Summit County in 2002 because the Summit County student he hosted in Ecuador had spoken highly of the county. He also has a daughter who earned a Rotary internship award.
“I support all of the Rotary Club’s projects because Rotary have been such an important part of my family,” Abel said.
Abel has enjoyed continuous employment since moving to Summit County, including work in construction, with an insurance agency, driving for Summit Stage for two years and as a technician for Summit Ford. He currently works as an addiction counselor for Vail Valley Medical Center. He also volunteered at Timberline Adult Care Center for three years.
SUPPORT FOR ROTARY PROGRAMS
The annual car raffle and the Festival in the Park are both major fundraisers for the many projects of the Summit County Rotary club, including Reading Buddies, free dictionaries for all third graders in Summit County, middle school literacy contests and ethical decision-making training, international youth exchange programs, college scholarships, youth leadership training, free weekly community dinners in Silverthorne, free Thanksgiving dinners, Community Care Clinic, 9 Health Fair and many others.
Raffle tickets were sold to the public by the combined efforts of club members on weekends at the Dillon and Breckenridge City Markets, the Frisco BBQ, Classic Boat Show and 4th of July parade, NRO Concerts and WalMart. Tickets were also available online. Sales began Memorial Day weekend and ended when the last of the 7,000 tickets was sold at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Festival in the Park.
“It’s very rewarding to see the outpouring of community support for this raffle fundraiser for our club’s many projects,” Jim Brook and Steve Cornwell, co-chairs of this year’s raffle, stated in a press release. “People understand that there can be only one winner each year, but they are happy to buy tickets because they realize their money goes to support so many very worthwhile Rotary projects that help make Summit County the great place it is.”