It was a night full of anticipation, nervousness, excitement, and ecstasy at The Beef Bar on Saturday, May 15th as the winning card was pulled in the Certified Energy ‘Chase the Ace’ fundraiser for the Estevan Bruins!
With all 20,000 tickets sold out in Week 18 of the raffle, we knew that someone would be the lucky winner on Saturday night of the total progressive jackpot of $33,500! There were 35 cards remaining when the night began, with Wayne Evenson having his name drawn as the weekly winner of $3,761. Wayne would then have the first chance to pull the Ace of Spades from the deck of cards, but when Wayne was unsuccessful and pulled the 7 of diamonds, new names began being drawn to find our grand prize winner.
After eight other names were pulled, all unsuccessful in their search for the elusive Ace of Spades, the group of five guys (A/B Pumpmen) from Westmoreland Mining in Estevan had their lucky ticket pulled. Todd Brandow was in attendance at The Beef Bar to pull a card on behalf of the crew, and when Todd pulled the winning card he celebrated with his arms raised like a player who just scored a game-winning goal in overtime!
“Thank you so much! I just got done telling someone at The Beef that I just want my name called for a chance (to pick a card). It’s surreal!” wrote Todd on Facebook after the win.
After the win, Todd said the money will be evenly split between the five guys meaning each lucky winner will take home $6,700 each! Todd has been a longtime season ticket holder for the Estevan Bruins, and also purchased tickets in each week of the Certified Energy ‘Chase the Ace’ raffle.
“What an exciting night and what an amazing fundraiser this was for the Estevan Bruins!” expressed Danny Ewen, Director of Marketing & Operations for the club following the final draw.
“With every name pulled and every unsuccessful card drawn, you could feel the emotion in the crowd shifting from nervousness, to disappointment, to excitement, and finally to shock when the Ace of Spades finally appeared. We were grateful for such a great turnout on Saturday night, with hundreds of others watching the draw from home on Facebook and Instagram Live.” added Ewen.
The fundraiser has raised $50,000 for the Estevan Bruins throughout the duration of the raffle, with 50% of all ticket sales going towards the club. Over the 18 weeks, $20,000 was awarded and spread out to each of the weekly winners. The jackpot grew each week with 30% of ticket sales going into the total pot, and combined with the $3,500 seed money that was contributed by title sponsor Certified Energy Services, the grand prize of $33,500 was awarded to the A/B Pumpmen.
“On behalf of the Bruins’ organization, we can’t thank the community enough for their support of our fundraiser,” expressed Ewen. “With our season being cancelled earlier this year, being able to focus on a positive and exciting weekly event was a welcome change for both Bruins’ fans and our team alike. And the significant financial boost for our team’s bottom line during this time cannot be understated, as it has allowed our club to continue preparing for what we hope will be a return to normalcy with a 2021-22 regular season starting in the fall.”
The Bruins want to thank all their partners who helped put on such a successful fundraiser: Certified Energy Services, The Tower Cafe/1124/The Taphouse, The Beef Bar/The Ice Factory/Blackbeard’s, Future Signs, Graphic Press, Lemon Wedge Marketing Group.
The Bruins also announced plans to start another fundraiser, very similar to this Chase the Ace, to begin in early June 2021. Stay tuned to the Estevan Bruins Facebook/Twitter/Instagram accounts for an upcoming announcement!
HERE IS THE FINAL LIST OF WINNERS IN OUR FUNDRAISER!
WEEK 1 WINNER: Joanne Dukart ($321.00) – Card: 2 of Hearts (Jackpot of $3,981.50 carried over)
WEEK 2 WINNER: Connie Gibson ($348.00) – Card: 2 of Clubs (Jackpot of $4,503.50 carried over)
WEEK 3 WINNER: Guy Hiltz ($571.00) – Card: 8 of Spades (Jackpot of $5,360.00 carried over)
WEEK 4 WINNER: Darryl Dunbar ($541.00) – Card: 3 of Diamonds (Jackpot of $6,171.50 carried over)
WEEK 5 WINNER: Jeff Carlisle ($540.00) – Card: 5 of Diamonds (Jackpot of $6,981.50 carried over)
WEEK 6 WINNERS: Brent Shier & Brian Freeden ($554.00) – Card: 4 of Diamonds (Jackpot of $7,812.50 carried over)
WEEK 7 WINNER: Andrew Tait ($574.00) – Card: 3 of Hearts (Jackpot of $8,673.50 carried over)
WEEK 8 WINNER: Sammy Dryden ($800.00) – Card: King of Hearts (Jackpot of $9,873.50 carried over)
WEEK 9 WINNER: Selena Thompson ($833.00) – Card: 4 of Spades (Jackpot of $11,123.00 carried over)
WEEK 10 WINNER: Brady Long ($959.00) – Card: 6 of Spades (Jackpot of $12,561.50 carried over)
WEEK 11 WINNER: Connie Gibson ($1,155.00) – Card: 4 of Clubs (Jackpot of $14,294.00 carried over)
WEEK 12 WINNER: Jessie Wilson ($1,063.00) – Card: 6 of Diamonds (Jackpot of $15,888.50 carried over)
WEEK 13 WINNER: Eileen Lingelbach ($1,189.00) – Card: Queen of Diamonds (Jackpot of $17,672.00 carried over)
WEEK 14 WINNER: Guy Hiltz ($1,424.00) – Card: Queen of Clubs (Jackpot of $19,808.00 carried over)
WEEK 15 WINNER: Kevin Robillard ($1,651.00) – Card: 7 of Spades (Jackpot of $22,284.50 carried over)
WEEK 16 WINNER: Kurt Schmidt ($1,547.00) – Card: 9 of Clubs (Jackpot of $24,605.00 carried over)
WEEK 17 WINNER: Dylan Paradis ($2,169.00) – Card: 10 of Hearts (Jackpot of $27,858.00 carried over)
WEEK 18 WINNER: Wayne Evenson ($3,761.00) – Card: 7 of Diamonds (Jackpot carries over to next name drawn)
Unsuccessful Names Pulled for Jackpot
34 Cards Remaining – SHAWN WALKOM – Card: 6 of Hearts
33 Cards Remaining – LESLEY MITTELHOLTZ – Card: Ace of Hearts
32 Cards Remaining – LESLIE STYRE – Card: Ace of Diamonds
31 Cards Remaining – HELEN SEREGGELA – Card: 3 of Clubs
30 Cards Remaining – SCOTT DRYDEN – Card: Jack of Clubs
29 Cards Remaining – JEFF McINTYRE – Card: 8 of Diamonds
28 Cards Remaining – ARMEL HALL – Card: 8 of Clubs
27 Cards Remaining – JOSH MOREAU – Card: 5 of Spades
WINNER – 26 Cards Remaining – A/B Pumpmen (Todd Brandow) – Card: ACE OF SPADES