Mega Raffle

The WCC Foundation will host its second annual MerleFest Mega Raffle to support scholarships at Wilkes Community College!

Over $170,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded! ONLY 5,000 tickets will be sold and you do not have to be present to win. The Mega Raffle drawings will be held during the festival on Sunday, May 01, 2022, at the Raffle/Silent Auction Tent from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Winners will be announced during the live drawings and notified via email and phone to confirm the prize.

Raffle tickets are $100 each and include two entries to the MerleFest Mega Raffle drawings.

Purchase Mega Raffle Tickets
Mega Raffle logo
$1,000 cash
Winner: Janice Peterson (Duluth, MN)
Nikon Z50 Camera and Two Lenses
Winner: Marsha Chavis (Rockingham, NC)
$1,000 cash
Winner: Tim Phillips (Bahama, NC)
MerleFest 2023 Friends & Family Package
Winner: John B. Roten, Jr. (Clyde, NC)
MerleFest 2023 Gold Patron Package
Winner: Jason Messick (Reynoldsburg, OH)
$1,000 cash
Winner: Chris Perks (Camden, NJ)
Camp Chef 36″ Wifi Woodwind Pellet Grill
Winner: Lisa Barbee (Fayetteville, NC)
$5,000 cash
Winner: Patsy Bolick (Granite Falls, NC)
Custom-Designed Jewelry
Winner: Stephanie A. Mangus (Arden, NC)
MerleFest 2023 Friends & Family Package
Winner: Scotty Winebarger (Conover, NC)
John Deere S240 Garden Tractor with 48″ Deck
Winner: Norman Manning (Wake Forest, NC)
$1,000 cash
Winner: Greg Brewer (Wilkesboro, NC)
Dewalt 10-Tool 20-Volt Combo Kit
Winner: Marcella Weisberg (Lancaster, PA)
$10,000 cash
Winner: Greg Minton (Wilkesboro, NC)
Apple iPad Pro 11.0
Winner: Robert Gamble (Elkin, NC)
MerleFest 2023 Gold Patron Package
Winner: Don Stroupe (Shelby, NC)
Yamaha Kodiak 450 ATV
Winner: Susan Weinberg (Boone, NC)
Macbook Pro
Winner: Diane Graham (Huntersville, NC)
$15,000 cash
Winner: Abbye Blackwelder (State Road, NC)
2 Apple Watches Series 7
Winner: Ann Shelton (Cincinnati, OH)
MerleFest 2023 Friends & Family Package + Parking
Winner: Nolan Brown (Yadkinville, NC)
Sony 65″ Smart TV
Winner: Owen Margolis (Boone, NC)
$25,000 cash
Winner: James Pope (Mooresville, NC)
2022 Ford Bronco Sport Big Bend
Winner: Tom Fischer (Pinnacle, NC)
$50,000 Cash Grand Prize
Winner: Gina Shell (Mount Holly, NC)

Did you win?

Congratulations on winning a prize in the Wilkes Community College Foundation’s 2022 MerleFest Mega Raffle! The drawing took place on Sunday, May 1, 2022 (the “Event”).

All winners will be notified by phone/email within three weeks after the Event with instructions on how and where to claim their prize. Winners are responsible for all expenses incurred in picking up their prize. All prize winners must return all completed tax forms and required documentation before their prize is released. A check will be mailed to cash prize winners within 60 days after the winner returns all completed tax forms and required documentation.

2022 Ford Bronco Sport Big Bend

2022 Ford Bronco Sport Big Bend

The all-new Bronco Sport off-road vehicle – the Bronco of small SUVs – signals for adventure-seekers a welcome return to roads and trails less traveled. With unmistakable Bronco styling and unrelenting Bronco capability, the smaller sibling of Bronco two-door and first-ever four-door SUVs joins the family with its own idea of fun. As with all Broncos, 4×4 is standard, and this rugged SUV is engineered to handle whatever weekend adventure its owner has in mind.

Standard features on the Bronco Sport Big Bend include: 4×4, 1.5L EcoBoost engine, 8-speed transmission, LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, Ford Co-Pilot 360 (includes auto high beams, BLIS – blind spot info system with cross traffic alert, lane keeping system, pre-collision assist, rear view camera), FordPass Connect, SYNC 3 w/ 8 inch touchscreen, Terrain Management System with G.O.A.T. modes, 17″ wheels carbonized gray painted with high gloss aluminum, push button start, keyless entry keypad, AM/FM/Sirius Satellite Radio.

Provided by Yadkin Valley Motor Company of North Wilkesboro

Yamaha Kodiak 450

Yamaha Kodiak 450

The Yamaha Kodiak 450 is the perfect machine for work, hunting or exploring. It brings Yamaha’s renowned combination of the industry’s most durable automatic transmission with the rider-centric control and traction of On-Command selectable 4WD. Features include standard full-length skid plates, nearly 10 inches of ground clearance and independent double wishbone suspension with adjustable shocks, marine-grade electrical connectors, tool-less air filter design, high-mounted air intakes, a long comfortable seat, and wide floorboards. The result is outstanding capability with the confidence to get you through the most challenging terrain and back again with the sort of rider comfort that makes long rides a blast.

Please note per state and federal regulations this ATV is for riders 16 and older.

Provided by Brushy Mountain Powersports of Wilkesboro

DEWALT 10-Tool 20-Volt Combo Kit

DEWALT 10-Tool 20-Volt Combo Kit

The DEWALT DCK1020D2 combo kit is ideal for almost any cutting, drilling or fastening applications. This kit includes a DCD771 drill/driver, DCF885 impact driver, DCE100B blower, DCL040 flashlight, DCR006 Bluetooth speaker, DCS355 oscillating tool, DCG412 grinder, DCS393 circular saw, DCS381 reciprocating saw, and DCV517 wet/dry vacuum. This kit also includes 2 batteries, a charger, and (2) contractor bags for portability.

Provided by Lowe’s of Wilkesboro

Camp Chef 36” WiFi Woodwind Pellet Grill

Camp Chef 36” WiFi Woodwind Pellet Grill

If you like to smoke your food, then the Camp Chef Woodwind WiFi Pellet Grill will be your grill of choice. Equipped with a new PID and WIFI enabled controller, you’ll be able to change the temperature, set timers, and receive notifications when your meat reaches your set temperature — all from the palm of your hand. Taste the difference and obtain flawlessly smoked food by tailoring your grill’s Smoke Number on the Camp Chef Connect App. Then, when the smoking ceases, clean-up is a breeze with Camp Chef’s patented Ash Cleanout System.

Provided by Lowe’s of Wilkesboro

Apple Watches Series 7

Apple Watches Series 7

The largest, most advanced Always-on Retina display yet makes everything you do with your Apple Watch Series 7 bigger and better. Series 7 is the most durable Apple Watch ever built, with an even more crack-resistant front crystal. Advanced features let you measure your blood oxygen level, take an ECG anytime, and access mindfulness and sleep tracking apps. You can also track dozens of workouts, including new tai chi and pilates.

Provided by Carolina West Wireless, Western North Carolina

Apple iPad Pro 11.0

Apple iPad Pro 11.0

iPad Pro 11.0 features the powerful Apple M1 chip with next-level performance and all-day battery life. The Liquid Retina display on the 11-inch iPad Pro is not only gorgeous, but super portable. Cellular models capable of blazing-fast 5G. And a front camera with Center Stage keeps you in frame automatically during video calls. iPad Pro has pro cameras and a LiDAR Scanner for stunning photos, videos, and immersive AR. Thunderbolt for connecting to high-performance accessories. And you can add Apple Pencil for note-taking, drawing, and marking up documents, and the Magic Keyboard for a responsive typing experience and trackpad.

Provided by Carolina West Wireless, Western North Carolina

Custom-Designed Jewelry

Custom-Designed Jewelry

Michael’s Jewelry, owned and operated by Michael Parsons, has been serving Wilkes and surrounding counties for 35 years.

After years of valuable experience working in his family’s jewelry store, Michael followed his heart and set off to perfect his craft. He attended the Trenton Jewelry School and the Gemological Institute of America and has been a gemologist since 1981. The opening of this store in North Wilkesboro in 1985 was the culmination of his belief that customer satisfaction was a priority and quality jewelry can be affordable.

Michael’s Jewelry is creating a one-of-a-kind custom-designed ring for the WCC Foundation’s MerleFest Mega Raffle. Designing and creating jewelry has been the hallmark of Michael’s for 24 years.

Provided by Michael’s Jewelry of North Wilkesboro

Sony 65” XR65X90J 4K Smart TV

Sony 65” XR65X90J 4K Smart TV

Everything you watch becomes more detailed and immersive with true-to-life 4K HDR, powered by the all-new Cognitive Processor XR™. Feel the intensity of the sun and experience all the stars of the night sky with Full Array LED and XR Contrast Booster 5. With outstanding picture quality, a flush bezel design, and HDMI 2.1 for next-gen gaming, the X90J 4K HDR LED TV is ready for everything.

Provided by Mountain View TV Center of West Jefferson, NC

MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine. 16GB unified memory. 1TB SSD storage. 13-inch Retina display with True Tone. Backlit Magic Keyboard. Touch Bar and Touch ID. Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports. Accessory kit. Software included: Photos, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and macOS.

Provided by Wilkes Community College Foundation

Nikon Z50 Camera and Two Lenses

Nikon Z50 Camera and Two Lenses

Tell your story creatively with this Nikon Z50 mirrorless digital camera kit. The included NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm and 50-250mm VR lenses in this kit let you capture a variety of scenes including wide-angle shots, portraits, fast-action, HD video, and low-light, while the 20.9MP sensor delivers high-speed performance and superior image quality. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth ensure easy sharing of photos and videos. This Nikon Z50 mirrorless digital camera kit is compact and lightweight for portability.

Provided by Wilkes Community College Foundation

John Deere S240 Garden Tractor with 48” Mowing Deck

John Deere S240 Garden Tractor with 48” Mowing Deck

The John Deere S240 48” cut comes loaded with everything to make lawn care a labor of love. The 21.5 HP V-Twin engine is powerful and smooth-running. The hydrostatic/automatic drive transmission gives an infinite choice of ground speeds. The 15-inch open high-back seat is inviting and comfortable for both long and short mows. Includes a 3-year/200-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty.

Provided by James River Equipment of Wilkesboro

MerleFest Gold Patron Packages

MerleFest Gold Patron Packages

Includes 4 General Admission Tickets with Backstage / Friends and Family access, full backstage patron access at Watson Stage, backstage meals provided all days of the festival, 4 Late Night Jam Tickets, 4 entries into the MerleFest Mega Raffle, on-campus parking, 4 Official MerleFest posters, access to Friends and Family area seating, and a patron gift.

Provided by MerleFest

MerleFest Friends & Family Package with On-Campus Parking

MerleFest Friends & Family Package with On-Campus Parking

Includes 4 four-day Friends & Family passes and 1 on-campus parking pass. A great seating area with great views to the main stage.

Provided by MerleFest

MerleFest Friends & Family Packages

MerleFest Friends & Family Packages

Includes 4 four-day Friends & Family passes. A great seating area with great views to the main stage.

Provided by MerleFest

Contest Rules

  1. The MerleFest Mega Raffle will take place on May 1, 2022 (unless postponed or cancelled in accordance with these rules). The actual drawing of entries and registering of winners on that date is herein referred to as the “Event”.
  2. Individuals must be 18 years of age or older to purchase a raffle ticket and win a prize.
  3. Unsold raffle tickets become the property of MerleFest and the WCC Foundation (hereinafter “MerleFest”).
  4. No more than 5,000 raffle tickets will be sold.
  5. Each raffle ticket must contain only one individual’s name. For example: “Mr. and Mrs. John Doe” is not acceptable since that represents two people. Only one person can claim the drawn prize associated with a winning ticket. If more than one name appears on the raffle ticket, only the first name listed will be entered into the raffle and can the claim the drawn prize.
  6. MerleFest will not distribute any free or discounted tickets.
  7. For each raffle ticket sold, MerleFest will give the ticketholder two (2) entries for the raffle drawing. Each entry will be identified with the ticketholder’s name and serial number.
  8. For the drawings, all entries will be placed in a lottery barrel. There will be 25 draws. For each prize, a single entry will be drawn. That entry will not be placed back in the barrel for remaining draws. An entry can only win one prize.
  9. A ticketholder can win more than once either with the two chances on the raffle ticket or by purchasing additional raffle tickets.
  10. Tickets must be purchased online using the MerleFest website Mega Raffle tab or the MerleFest website ticket portal. Ticketholders will receive a confirmation email. The email confirmation will contain a serial number which must be presented to claim a prize. Tickets are not valid until the credit card has cleared.
  11. If not sold out, tickets may be purchased at MerleFest 2022 at the MerleFest Raffle Tent. Purchases must be made by credit card; no cash or checks will be accepted. Tickets will be available until sold out or until 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Ticket purchasers will receive a confirmation email which will serve as the purchaser’s raffle ticket. The email confirmation will contain a serial number which must be presented to claim a prize. If the purchaser does not have access to email, the purchaser will be given a raffle ticket which will contain a serial number which must be presented to claim a prize. Tickets are not valid until the credit card has cleared.
  12. MerleFest reserves the right to postpone the MerleFest Mega Raffle for any reason. Should this occur, registered ticketholders who provide an email address will be notified by email, and a notice will be placed on the MerleFest website – merlefest.org.
  13. MerleFest reserves the right to cancel the MerleFest Mega Raffle for any reason including, but not limited to, insufficient ticket sales. A minimum of 3,000 tickets must be sold for the raffle to occur. If the MerleFest Mega Raffle is cancelled, all ticketholders will receive a refund of the purchase price.
  14. If the event is held, ALL listed prizes will be awarded. If a listed prize is not available, a substitution of a like prize will be made.
  15. MerleFest reserves the right to cut off ticket sales at any time prior to the raffle drawings.
  16. Winners are responsible for all taxes, transfers, and fees which must be paid before receipt of the prize by the winner. Some prizes may require withholding of Federal taxes from the prize in accordance with IRS rules. (Note: Taxes withheld are paid directly to the government in the name of the winner and become a credit on the taxes the winner owes at the end of the year. Winners getting tax refunds may recover part or all of the withholding as part of their refund). All winning ticket holders must complete the necessary IRS forms in order to receive prize.
  17. Prize winners of non-cash prizes are responsible for all shipping expenses should they request the prize be shipped to them. International shipments may be subject to tariffs.
  18. Only the ticketholder whose name is on a winning ticket may claim the applicable prize. Proper identification including proof of 18 years of age or older and a social security number are required by law to claim any prize. The serial number on the email confirmation is required to claim prize.
  19. Prize winner of the automobile may choose to forgo their prize and instead accept a cash prize in the amount of 50% of the recommended manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of the prize, or 60% of the price at which the prize was made available to MerleFest, whichever is smaller. The dealer from which the automobile is purchased is under no obligation to purchase the vehicle from the winner.
  20. The winning list of names will be posted on the MerleFest website after the event.
  21. Winners need not be present to win. Winners will be notified within three (3) weeks after the raffle drawing as to how and where to claim their prize. Winners are responsible for all expenses incurred in picking up their prize.
  22. A check will be mailed to cash prize winners within 60 days of the event. Winners of non-cash prizes shall claim their prizes within thirty (30) days of the Event. If a Winner does not claim his/her prize within thirty (30) days of the Event, the prize shall be forfeited. Some non-cash prizes will be ordered after the winner claims the prize and will be subject to manufacturer’s order times and shipping times.
  23. MerleFest Events Team Members who are Wilkes Community College employees and their immediate families living in the same household are not eligible to purchase MerleFest Mega Raffle tickets and win prizes.
  24. Upon purchase of a ticket, ticketholder agrees to the following terms and conditions:
    • Email confirmation will serve as the purchaser’s raffle ticket. Possession of the email confirmation is not a requirement to win but the serial number on the email confirmation must be presented to claim a prize.
    • Mega Raffle tickets purchased at the Raffle Tent during MerleFest 2022 will include a serial number. The raffle ticket or email confirmation are not a requirement to win but the serial number must be presented to claim a prize.
    • Tickets are not transferable or redeemable for cash (except as set forth above).
    • This ticket is a revocable license.
    • MerleFest reserves the right, without the refund of any portion of the ticket purchase price, to refuse admission or to remove from the event any person who fails to comply with the rules of the venue, these terms and conditions, and all applicable laws.
    • No refunds (except as set forth above) or exchanges of prizes are permitted.
    • The purchase of a Mega Raffle ticket or tickets does not grant the ticketholder entry into the festival.
    • The purchase of MerleFest tickets is not a requirement to purchase Mega Raffle tickets or to win a prize.
    • The Event is rain or shine; no refunds will be given due to inclement weather.
    • For purposes of promoting the raffle, ticketholders hereby authorize MerleFest to use their name, their photographs, sound and/or videotapes of them, and other media in connection with the raffle without compensation to the ticketholder.
    • Rules may be amended at any time. All revisions will be posted on the MerleFest website.
    • Ticketholders’ contact information will be added to the MerleFest mailing list but will not be shared with others. Ticketholders may unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time.
    • The Event may be recorded.
    • All prizes are awarded to winners on an “AS-IS” and “as available” basis as provided to MerleFest. MerleFest makes no promises, warranties, or representations of any kind, whether express or implied, including but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and any such warranties are expressly disclaimed. Once a prize is claimed by the ticketholder, it is the property of the ticketholder and MerleFest is not responsible for its condition, operation or the ticketholder’s satisfaction with it.
    • MerleFest, Wilkes Community College and its employees, agents, contractors, officers, directors and trustees shall NOT be liable in any way for any damages whatsoever, including any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary damages or loss of profits to any ticketholder, participant or winner resulting from or arising out of the MerleFest Mega Raffle.
  25. The MerleFest Mega Raffle will have 25 prizes. Odds of winning a prize are based on number of tickets sold. The maximum number tickets to be sold is 5,000. Each ticket gives the purchaser two entries for the drawings. The maximum number of entries is 10,000.

Proceeds

Net proceeds from the MerleFest Mega Raffle support Wilkes Community College students through the WCC SAGE (Supporting Academic Goals for Education) Fellows program.

The WCC SAGE Fellows is a scholarship program that provides students with academic and financial support. It was established to remove barriers and guide students on a successful path toward graduation and career opportunities. Application deadline is March of each year. Interviews are conducted in April of each year.

This scholarship was created in support of the college-wide strategic plan which includes scholarships, completion, and equity.

Benefits to the Student

  • $4,000 scholarship over two years
  • Laptop
  • Dedicated advisor and peer mentor
  • Success and Study Skills
  • Class with your SAGE Fellows community
  • Access to all SAGE services
  • Exciting leadership development activities and opportunities

Who is Eligible?

Sage Fellows must meet the following requirements:

  • Enroll full-time at WCC (12 hours minimum)
  • Participate in program requirements
  • Attend the Summer Welcome Event in August
  • Live in Wilkes, Ashe, or Alleghany counties
  • Complete English and Math for first year
  • Meet regularly with advisor and peer mentor
  • Maintain good academic standing

Preference will be given to applicants who are first in their family to go to college or who experience financial barriers to college enrollment.

For additional information regarding SAGE Fellows program and other opportunities at Wilkes Community College, please visit www.wilkescc.edu/giving.

Thank you for your support of the MerleFest Mega Raffle and our Wilkes Community College students.

Thank You to Our Supporting Partners!

You do not have to be present to win. You must be 18+ to purchase a ticket. Winners will be announced during the live drawings and notified via email and phone to confirm the prize. Read a full list of rules in the “Contest Rules” tab above.

The Mega Raffle drawings will be held during the festival on Sunday, May 01, 2022, at the Raffle/Silent Auction Tent from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.