Jane Palmisano from San Antonio (TX) is the lucky winner of the 2018 WCHM canoe raffle. Her winning ticket, which she purchased while on a visit to the museum this past summer, was drawn by WCHM Board member Lynn Herman during a ceremony at the museum on Sunday September 30th at 3:00 PM.
It was the last regular season open day for the museum, and the ceremony was held during a small party celebrating the conclusion of the season as well as the arrival of a new canoe donated to the museum. Former WCHM President Mike Johnson presented the museum with a donation of a restored 1947 16 foot Muller canoe (#24773). The Muller Boatworks has been making boats in Minnesota since 1872. The same family still owns and operates Taylors Falls Canoe & Kayak Rental to this day.
Jane now has her choice of one of two canoes or $1,000 cash. The first canoe is a 15 foot cedar canvas tandem canoe built in the WCHM shop in 2017 on a MacKenzie-Yost MyPal form. The second canoe is a solo rigged 14 foot cedar canvas canoe built on a form designed by Jerry Karbon. Jane plans to visit the museum soon to make her choice and expects to depart with one of the two canoes in tow.
The annual canoe raffle is a major fundraiser for the museum, and provides about 15% of its operating revenues. Approximately 400 tickets had been sold in 2018 (out of only 500 printed), bringing in about $8,000 in revenues. Construction on a new canoe for a 2019 raffle has already begun. Tickets are expected to be available in time for Canoecopia once again in 2019. For more information or to obtain tickets for the annual WCHM canoe raffle, contact WCHM Executive Director Jed Malischke at:
715-635-2479 or firstname.lastname@example.org.