Julie Witthun, of Waupun, is the grand prize winner of the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation’s Samaritan Cash Raffle, being randomly drawn for the $100,000 cash prize.
Ticket sales were steady all morning on the drawing’s final day, May 8. The suspense was finally relieved when the grand prize winner was announced by Holly Brenner, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation president, and Dwayne Clark, MD, an Agnesian HealthCare family medicine physician.
This is the sixth year the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation has offered the cash raffle. It follows a successful annual Samaritan Health Clinic House Raffle, which was established 23 years ago to help provide vital medical and emergency dental services to individuals and families in financial need whether at Ripon Medical Center, St. Agnes Hospital or Waupun Memorial Hospital. More than 5,200 tickets were sold in this year’s raffle.
Julie and her husband, Steve, purchased four tickets and have done so for the past 20 years.
“I actually used the Samaritan Health Clinic when I first moved back to the area,” Julie says. “I didn’t have insurance and I was able to use the clinic’s services twice. My mother worked for social services and has always been supportive of the Samaritan Health Clinic encouraging us to support. So we always purchased tickets with no intention of winning.”
Julie was having lunch at a Waupun restaurant when she received the winning call.
“I picked up the phone and didn’t recognize the number,” Julie shares. “I said hello, and they said is this Julie? And I said yes. It’s wonderful and I can’t believe it happened. I’m still shocked and can’t fathom it.”
The Witthuns are planning to use their winnings to pay off their house, as well as their vehicles.
With so many other prizes to offer, the Samaritan Cash Raffle offers fantastic odds to win and the community continues to show its support each year. And, all money raised by the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation stays local.
“We are very fortunate to live in a community where we so automatically and so completely support one another - whenever, or wherever a need develops,” says Holly Brenner, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation president. “I hear firsthand how patients and families benefit from the care provided through the Samaritan Health Clinic. With the community’s continued support, we can ensure that the present and future health care needs of our community are being met and exceeded.”
Other prize winners include:
- Second prize, $10,000: April Bousquet, Fond du Lac
- Third prize, $4,000: Mark Hoffman, Malone
- Fourth to 25th prizes, $500: Kenneth Wochos, Fond du Lac; Maggie Collien, Oakfield; Heather Senske, Oshkosh; Derek Gerner, Fond du Lac; Barabara Lefeber, St. Cloud; Brian Katzfey, Eldorado; Terri Kolell, Fond du Lac; Bailey Miller, Fond du Lac; Rick Rademann, Fond du Lac; Jack Twohig, Fond du Lac; Kathy Templin, Fond du Lac; Barb Knutzen, Fond du Lac; Anna Quandt, Fond du Lac; Mike Schwarze, Fond du Lac; Ken Kastein, North Fond du Lac; Kenneth Wochos, Fond du Lac; Paul Biddick, Fond du Lac; Ethan Nettles, Oshkosh; Pat Schommer, Fond du Lac; Brett Lau, Fond du Lac; Mayra Salas, Fond du Lac; and Roy Rohlinger, Lomira
The Samaritan Cash Raffle was assisted by many sponsors, including: Baker Cheese Factory, Inc., Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, Dr. Nathan & Jenni Slinde, Fond du Lac Medical Society, Hierl Insurance, Holiday Automotive, Lakeside Wealth Management, Michels Corporation, Shea Electric & Communications, LLC and Whispering Springs Golf Club.
The cash raffle was also supported by a team of champions who brought their time and talents to the fund-raiser, including: Louann Biddick, Lori Cardinal, Kathy Donahue, Dan Loest, Peggy McArdle, Jeff Meincke, MD, Tara Rhodes, Evelyn Schaefer, PsyD, Joanne Schneider, Tracey Schroeder, Leah Smet, Alyssa Stephenson, DPM, Kendra Stone, Adam Strittmatter, MD, Filip Troicki, MD, and Samantha Twohig.