Elk hunt raffle raises scholarship funds
The Centralia College Foundation received a major boost in scholarship funds following the raffling of an elk hunt opportunity made possible by TransAlta, a major power-generating company located in Centralia. Proceeds from the Dave Sherwood Memorial Scholarship elk hunt raffle will go toward scholarships at Centralia College.
The raffle and accompanying donations raised about $13,500, exceeding all expectations.
Sherwood, Outside Resource Manager for TransAlta, died in a tragic hunting accident in November 2011 near Mount St. Helens. His fellow employees suggested the elk hunting opportunity on TransAlta-owned property to honor their colleague.
They decided on raffling the elk hunt opportunity and donating the money to a charity in Sherwood’s honor.
Following approval by management and discussions with Dave’s wife Sue, it was decided the Organizers hoped to sell 100 tickets at $25 to raise $2,500 and provide a scholarship to partially fund a year of college.
On Monday at the Centralia College Foundation office, Sue Sherwood drew the winning ticket out of 498 tickets sold.
A portion of the money will fund a full scholarship for one year at Centralia College, about $3,530. The remaining funds will go into a Centralia College Foundation contingency fund in anticipation of creating an endowment in the future. If the raffle continues with this success for the next few years, it will raise enough money for the interest alone to fund a scholarship in perpetuity.
Monday’s raffle drawing was bittersweet for Sue. She is grateful for the outpouring of support, but the loss of her husband is difficult.
“Please pass on my big, huge thank you to everyone at TransAlta for the Centralia College scholarship in Dave’s name,” Sue wrote in an email. “I can’t believe how much money was raised. It never dawned on me it would be that much. I appreciate TransAlta allowing the hunt, also all the time and effort spent selling tickets. It really is a fantastic honor.”