The Williams Lake Pipe Band played outside Save on Foods on Sunday, where they held the draw for the ticket winners of their Carrie Underwood concert raffle.
Save-On -Foods assistant store manager Gary Jackson drew the winning tickets. Grand prize winner Grant Brandson won two tickets to the concert and accommodations for two at Treasure Cove in Prince George.
Susan Erlandson was the second place winner, walking away with two tickets to the concert, which was sold-out in just over four minutes.
Money from the raffle will be used to help send the Williams Lake Pipe Band to the ‘Piping Hot Summer Drummer’ workshop in Silverstar in July, put on by the Simon Fraser Pipe Band. On the way home, the local band is also entering on a Grade 5 band level at the Highland Games in Kamloops.
Save-On-Foods manager Gary Jackson said he was glad to help with the draw, and that having band members in the store selling tickets for about six weeks was an example of a good community connection.
“For us it’s about our involvement in the community, being a partner in the community and giving back to the community,” he explained.
“People shop at our store and take care of us, and we want to make sure we take care of them, and the things that make this the vibrant place that it is.”
He said ‘congratulations’ to the two local winners, adding that he is sure they will have a wonderful time at the concert.
Pipe Major Bryan Underwood said the location for the ticket sales and the draw was a natural choice.
“The whole town comes here,” he stated, adding that it was exciting that the two winners were local.
“We want to send as many of our band members to ‘Piping Hot’ as possible.