Marquette, MI – July 19, 2018 – After a week of hot temps, it was a perfect sunny, 75 degree evening at River Rock Lanes and Banquet Center for our Silverado Summer Giveaway! Major Discount thanked all 40,000 of you who registered to win. We had 339 of the 400 people invited join us for the biggest party of the summer with an even bigger grand prize. Elizabeth Lizotte from K.I. Sawyer won the two-year lease on a brand new 2018 Silverado from Frei Chevrolet.
Mrs. Lizotte said her son had just bought a vehicle from Frei Chevy in the last few weeks, and she’d visited the lot looking for a truck just for herself. She said winning the Silverado Thursday night was “a miracle,” and she — not her husband — would be the one driving it, and her dog was gonna love traveling in the large back seat.
Our main grand prize sponsor, the family-owned Frei Chevrolet, brought owner Jim
Grundstrom and the rest of his crew to tonight’s party. The two-year lease on a 2018 Silverado is one of the most popular prizes we’ve had so far at Great Lakes Radio! And the 2018 Silverado is one of the most popular vehicles on the Frei Chevy lot.
The River Rock Banquet Center doors opened at 6:30pm. Sunny Shopping Show Director Nancy McHardy and Traffic Manager Amy McCormick manned the welcome table where they registered all those invited, providing tickets to the grand prize event as well giving even invitee guest with door prize entries.
With everyone settled in, Sunny.FM’s Walt Lindala and 103-FXD’s Adam Carpenter took over as emcees for the night. As usual, while welcoming everyone to the party, the two made jokes at one another’s expense, livening up the party. After thanking our sponsors and River Rock Lanes for hosting years of Great Lakes Radio giveaway parties, door prizes were awarded in quickly to a huge number of ticket holders! Walt and Adam called out numbers from the front of the room while our runners ran gifts back to door prize winners. Queen City Running Company donated some t-shirts and hats for guests, and five $10 certificates to U.P. Power Sports went out too. We also gave out othe prizes like Pomp’s Tire Decks of Cards. Quality Care Care Center Oil Changes, and $10 Menu Certificates to Congress Pizza.
With lots of happy door prizes winners in the crowd, we paused for one of the best parts of the night, dinner! 103.3 WFXD’s Eric Scott released tables one by one to take a tour through the buffet style set up in the bowling alley’s arcade area. The feast brought by Mama Russo’s included their delicious homemade salads and Yooper Beer Brats!
While party goers enjoyed of Mama Russo’s great meal, more prizes went to the party-goers. Mixed in with the last of the door prizes were WRUP Packers T-shirts and Jet’s Pizza gift cards – not that anyone could think much about eating after seconds from Mama Russo’s. The Bag o’ Drinks were a big hit at the party. Eight different restaurants and bars from Marquette County donated a drink chip for a free beer at their restaurants. We put them all in one baggie and sent five Bag o’ Drinks home with some pretty happy door prize winners. A sterling silver U.P. necklace from Wood Jewelers was a last minute surprise prize won by Jarrod Kine.
Finally, Great Lakes Radio General Manager and owner, Todd Noordyk made his way to the front of the room to begin drawing eight (8) finalist tickets for truck giveaway! Jim and Jill Grundstrom and Mike Angeli also joined the Major, pulling the most important tickets from a drink pitcher. As Jim drew the first seven tickets out of the bucket, he handed them off to Jill to read. As each ticket number was called out, ticket holders excitedly came up to the front of the room to choose their station envelope, one of which would contain the grand prize announcement.
Breaking before the eighth finalist ticket, Major Discount took a moment to reveal our next giveaway prize: A Snowdog and Sled from the guys down at Four Seasons Small Engine in Escanaba. The Snowdog is a machine any hunting, ice fishing, wood gathering Yooper will love. Check out the Win a Snowdog Giveaway official contest page for details and contest rules. You can see the Snowdog at Frei Chevy starting this Friday!
Once the Win a Snowdog Giveaway was revealed, Jim Grundstrom pulled the final ticket. Everyone lined up in the front of the room, and then the crowd counted down for the finalists to opened their envelopes.
Elizabeth Lizotte picked the lucky envelope and pulled out the winning sheet. Elizabeth was filled with so much joy that she was shaking. Liz is a long time shopper on UPBargains.com, probably why she picked theUPBargains.com finalist envelope! She drove her husband’s rusty Jeep to the party, but now she’ll have a beautiful 2018 Silverado of her own!
The K.I. Sawyer resident was very thankful and happy for her new two-year lease, and after Icon Signs removes the promotional logos from the truck, she’ll be able to pick up her prize from Frei Chevy! All of our other finalists went home with great consolation prizes from some of the best businesses in our community!
Shawn Nowicki from Marquette won the Super One Foods Food Basket, with the basket from Great Lakes Fresh Market going to Dan from Gwinn. David McClellan went home with the Tadych’s Econo Foods Basket. Our Swick Home Services Gold Star Service Contracts went to Larry Lawrence and Cori Polkinghorne. Finally, Michele Bentti took home the Impact Hammer, Hose, and Compressor from Advanced Auto!
Special thanks to all of our sponsors: Frei Chevrolet, Hudson’s Classic Grill, Super One Foods, Jet’s Pizza, Tadych’s Econo Foods, Ojibwa Casino, Casa Calabria, Great Lakes Fresh Market,River Rock Lanes, Kountry Korner, Crossroads Mini-Mart, Ojibwa Casino, Swick Home Services, Queen City Running Company, Carpet Specialists Carpet One, Pomp’s Tire, Quality Car Care Center, Imperial Beverage, Congress Pizza, Paradise Bar, U.P. Power Sports, Pasquali’s, Crossroads Restaurant, Jackson’s Pit, Smarty’s Saloon, Brogie’s Tavern, Venice Pub & Pizzeria, Gwinn Inn, Up North Lodge, Happy Hour Bar & Grill, Brown’s Store, Throttle Bar & Grill, Advanced Auto, Wood Jewelers, and Cafe Allenatore.
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