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United Way Awards Give and Win Sweepstakes Winners

United Way of 1000 Lakes has concluded our first ever Give and Win Sweepstakes, generously underwritten by Furman Fishing, Justin Bailey Fishing & Guide Service, and Bright Star Resort. The sweepstakes ran between June 2, 2017 and June 21, 2017. Each new donor who donated at least $20 or any donor who increased their gift by $20 or more was automatically entered into the drawing. 


The following individuals were selected at random:

  • Tracy James won a guided fishing trip package with Furman Fishing. Good for up to 2 person(s). Package includes full day fishing trip to lake of her choice. Valued at $400.
  • Peggy Clayton won a guided fishing trip with Justin Bailey Fishing & Guide Service. Package includes full day fishing trip to lake of her choice, for up to up to 3 person(s). Valued at $400.
  • Tom Hernesman won two-nights lodging on Round Lake at Bright Star Resort. Package includes a 2 night/3 day stay, for up to 4 persons. Valued at $280.

In addition, Facebook contests participants, Tom Gruss and Lisa Davis won mercury fishing merchandise donated by Ray's Sport & Marine.

According to Luke Francisco, United Way board president, 65 percent of the sweepstakes entries were made by first time contributors.

“The Sweepstakes adds an extra fun factor to our annual campaign while generating crucial support for programs that are changing lives,” said Francisco. “We are very grateful for each of these donors as well as the support from local businesses, which allows us to provide this exciting incentive.”

The 2017-18 campaign is now accepting donations. Anyone interested in supporting United Way’s critical grant funding to local nonprofit agencies and community programs, can contact United Way at 999-7570 or Donations can also be made online at