Gondola car full of goodies up for grabs in raffle event
Some lucky ticket holder will walk away with more than $10,000 worth of prizes stuffed inside a gondola car on Saturday, March 20.
The Great Gondola Giveaway, once part of Winterskl, is a spring event this year. The drawing will take place atop Aspen Mountain following the America’s Uphill race on the mountain Saturday.
No hint has been offered regarding the contents of this year’s gondola car, but past giveaways have featured an assortment of donations from area businesses, including ski equipment and clothing.
Tickets for the drawing are available now at Alpine Bank in Aspen, in front of Paradise Bakery and in front of Clark’s Market. Tickets are $5 – the winner takes all.
Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit Pitkin County Neighbor to Neighbor, an organization that in turn supports 18 human-service agencies in the valley.
“No matter who buys the winning ticket, we all win with an event like this,” said Sue Smedstad, chairwoman of the Neighbor to Neighbor board. “Neighbor to Neighbor supports agencies that are so important to people living or working in Pitkin County. This is a fun way for local folks to contribute, and maybe win some great prizes.”
Neighbor to Neighbor relies largely on individual contributions for its funding. It supports such organizations as Mountain Rescue Aspen, Pitkin County Senior Services and the Aspen Basalt Care Clinic, to name a few of its beneficiaries.
This year’s Great Gondola Giveaway is presented by Alpine Bank. America’s Uphill is sponsored by the Ute Mountaineer.
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