Jeff Mueller from Edgerton, Wisconsin, is the lucky winner of the 2022 WCHM canoe raffle. Jeff was a very early ticket buyer, making his annual contribution during Canoecopia in Madison back in late February. “Canoecopia is a big event in my household,” explained Jeff when he arrived at the museum to pick up his new canoe, “and getting a few raffle tickets at the WCHM booth is always on my list of things to do while there.”
Jeff’s winning ticket was drawn during the post-dinner program at the third annual Canoe & Brew event held on Sunday September 25th at the Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary in Sarona. The event marks the last regular season open day for the museum, and the Canoe & Brew event celebrates the conclusion of another successful year for the museum as well as hosting the annual canoe raffle drawing.
Jeff came by the museum in early October to make his choice of the two canoes in the raffle. The first was an 18’ 1946 Old Town Guide canoe (serial #146660) restored in the WCHM Canoe Shop in 2021. Jeff passed that up for the second choice, a 16’ cedar canvas solo canoe built in the WCHM Canoe Shop in 2020 on a MacKenzie-Yost Nakoma form.
The annual canoe raffle is a major fundraiser for the museum, and provides over 10% of its operating revenues. Approximately 520 tickets were sold in 2022 (out of only 600 printed), bringing in about $10,600 in revenues. 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.