This year we were fortunate to have many eco-friendly businesses donate prizes for our EcoChallenge Raffle.  The EcoChallenge Raffle is one of the ways that we say a very big THANK YOU!! to the EcoChallenge participants who fund raise on behalf of the Northwest Earth Institute.  This year we had 103 people sign up on the individual/fundraiser side (and another 200 people who participated on teams, without fund raising). The entire NWEI staff and Board of Directors participates in the EcoChallenge to raise money for our sustainability education programs, and it’s inspiring to be joined in those efforts! This year we had long-time volunteers collecting pledges for their EcoChallenge, along with some folks who are brand new to NWEI.  It was inspiring to read their stories on the EcoChallenge website, and if you have a few moments I highly recommend clicking around on the “List of Participants” page and reading about the always inspiring, sometimes humorous, and generally motivating experiences that the EcoChallenge participants had this year.

Back to the raffle. Like I said, we had a great collection of prizes for the EcoChallenge Raffle and only wish that everyone who participated could have won a prize!  Here are this year’s winners:

A Green Dog Pet Supply gift package: Eric Park
Round Town Cycling Pannier from REI: Beth Jackson
Laughing Planet gift certificate for $25: Bradford McKeown
Hopworks gift certificate for $25: Stacey Ho
Hopworks gift certificate for $25: Kim Smith
SoupCycle soup, delivered by bike, for a month: Bethany Waggoner
River Organics facial: Erin Simons
EcoMaids gift certificate valued at $150: Alysa Rose
Cupcake Jones gift certificate for one dozen cupcakes: Jenna Ringelheim
Hoptlips Pizzagift certificate for a 13″ pizza:  Elise Lind
Burgerville gift card & BPA free REI water bottle: Teri Hong
Burgerville gift card & BPA free REI water bottle: Jill Sughrue