Sunset Palliative Care in Portage la Prairie called Shea Fust last week about her win of the $10,000 in the Sunshine Raffle. 

Executive Director Aldene Moroz says Fust is a great supporter of the organization. 

"Everybody that buys a ticket, of course, is a supporter because they are helping out our organization. This money goes a long way. This helps our Memory Garden. It also helps provide education and training to our volunteers, as well as people in the community from Health Care Aides, to nurses, and support staff that all work in any of the three, Douglas Campbell, Lions Prairie Manor, as well as the Portage Hospital. This year, we're also sending five people from MacGregor Community Centre out there to attend the Palliative Care conference in September, and it's a wonderful provincial conference people come back and they're excited about palliative care."

During the raffle, Ken Neil won $3,500, Elaine Fernandez won $2,000, and Evelyn Smith won $1,500. 

"This is very exciting as well as next year's people who are getting a free ticket for next year's draw."

Moroz says she loves seeing the winners get the call that they've won and it's all about helping other people who have helped us. 

Their next raffle will have a car as grand prize; the first time they've ever done that.

"That's going to be for our 30th celebration. We're going to be giving away a Chevy Equinox all-wheel drive LS vehicle, and tax is included. It's worth $33,640 and Craig Dunn has helped us out with this. He's going to sponsor it that day. We're going to have the celebration at the dealership and we're very excited. We're also going to be giving away four Christmas baskets that day, but in the meantime, if you buy your ticket early, you get in on one of the early birds every month."

She notes this month's early bird prize was a meal at Bill's Sticky Fingers. 

"Every month after that, is a different company here in town, and those people have supported us. So loyally, over all these years that we wanted to give back and we wanted to buy gift certificates from them to help everybody out. So that's why we're doing it so that must be this is the first time you've got a car. It's a first time in a long time in Portage La Prairie as well, and if it goes well, we hope to do the tradition and keep doing it every year at Christmas to make everybody feel very happy."