LONG BEACH - There were lots of tickets in the bins when Loyalty Day Queen Kelsey Heriot and Princess Lindsey Hylton had to choose the winners of the Great All Peninsula 5-Package Raffle 2003.

A project of the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau, the raffle was designed to raise funds to help with financing the new Visitors Bureau in Seaview. Bureau personnel, with great volunteer help from U.S. Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, will be moving in the new building this Friday.

Each of the five distinct vacation packages was designed to showcase some of the area's attractions. Tickets were sold at various locations around the Peninsula as well as by volunteers who attended the summer festivals. Those volunteers included Bonnie Teschner, Jeanne Florey and Bob Hughes from Portland who came for several weekends expressly for the purpose of helping with the raffle. Overall, nearly 7,000 tickets were sold through the efforts of these and other volunteers who spread out throughout the Peninsula during each event.

Bob & Judi Andrew of Cottage Bakery in Long Beach, won the Wine, Dine and Sweet Dreams package, which includes two nights at The Whalebone House Bed & Breakfast, gourmet dinner for two at the Ark Restaurant & Bakery, lunch for two at the Lightship Restaurant and a gift certificate to Blackwood Fine Wines and Gifts.

The Kite Flyin' RV package went to Norma & Larry Staney in Spanaway. They received 3 nights RV parking at Andersen's RV Park, dinner for two at the Shoalwater Restaurant, dinner for two at Dooger's Seafood & Grill, lunch for two at The Berry Patch. Campiche Studios contributed a gift certificate to this package, and Unique Petique included a gift certificate as well. This package also includes two passes to the World Kite Museum and two kites from Above It All Kite Shop. The Staneys will also receive an RV propane tank fillup at Active Enterprises, Inc.

Carolyn Garrett, from Aberdeen, won the Beach Blanket Bonanza package. This package features two nights lodging at Anchorage Cottages, breakfast for four at Debi's Deli, horseback rides with Back Country Wilderness Outfitters, free lazer tag for four at Funland Arcade, a family pass to the World Kite Museum, a 1-day State Park's parking pass and a Jake the Alligator Man sweatshirt from Marsh's Free Museum.

Neta Linderman, of Seaview, was the winner of the Gone Fishin' package, which featured one day of fishing for two with Coho Charters with gourmet lunches prepared by The Canoe Room and two nights lodging at Heidi's Inn. Her fish will be processed by Dockside Cannery and she will enjoy a gift certificate to Nautical Brass gifts as well.

The Lewis and Clark Slept Here - You Can Too package was won by Linda McCain of Broken Arrow, OK. Her gifts include two nights accommodation at the Breakers Hotel, gourmet dinner for two at The 42nd Street Cafe and lunch for two at Debi's Deli. In addition, Ms. McCain will receive a framed Lewis and Clark "18 Days in Pacific County" poster, a lighthouse collector's coin from the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center (LCIC), along with two passes to LCIC, two passes to the Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond and a two-day State Parks' parking pass.

In addition to the raffle, the Visitors Bureau also held an online silent auction for the painting provided by Sara Zaga to advertise the raffle. Zaga's concept included elements from each raffle package and the limited edition posters of the painting sold well. The winner of the silent auction was Liz Garzino, Beach House Realty. Since Liz has purchased the building in which the Visitors Bureau has been temporarily housed in Seaview to open a second Beach House Realty location in the near future, the painting will remain at that location.

The Bureau Board of Directors was pleased with the results of the raffle. According to Ann Kischner, chair of the raffle committee, "Not only did we raise money to help offset building costs, but we were advertising the area with every ticket sold!" In response to numerous requests, the board is considering producing another raffle next year.

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