Winner of the VIBE Sea Ghost 130 kayak raffle 2023-11-27

Update 2023-12-13: Raffle kayak delivered to winner Janet Martin 2023-12-12.

Monday at Banks Lake before we paddled, we drew the winner of the Vibe Sea Ghost 130. It retails for $1,300, but was used only once by Valdosta Mayor Scott James Matheson before he gave it to WWALS. It comes with paddle, seat, and rudder.

We raffled it for $10 donation per ticket.

[Kayak, drawing, the winner]
Kayak, drawing, the winner

WWALS Executive Director Gretchen Quarterman had put all the tickets in a box, yes, including the online tickets, which she transcribed onto paper tickets.

WWALS Board Member Kimberly Godden Tanner took the tickets out of envelopes for the places they were donated, such as Alapaha Station Celebration, Florida Folk Festival, various outings, and the WWALS River Revue, plus two more got tickets minutes before.

[Tickets from many places]
Tickets from many places

Kim shook up the tickets.

[Shake up the tickets]
Shake up the tickets

The newest WWALS member, Stephanie Hawks, who had just joined, and who had not gotten any tickets for herself, drew the winner.

[Janet Martin is the winner!]
Janet Martin is the winner!

And the winner is….

[The winner is...]
The winner is…

Janet Martin of Valdosta!

[Janet Martin in a kayak on a river]
Janet Martin in a kayak on a river

Here is a video of the drawing:

Janet did not get Kim’s message, so I called her again.

Do you remember you got a kayak raffle ticket?

Long silence.

You mean, I won?

Yes, you are the winner!


I’ll deliver the kayak to her place of work Monday.

(And yes, I got antibiotics for that cough.)

Thanks to all who got kayak raffle tickets, which support the work of WWALS.

Also, a few $100 raffle tickets are still available for the Eddyline Sandpiper kayak, including paddle, PFD, lock, and straps.

[Eddyline Sandpiper Kayak $100 Raffle Ticket max 30]
Eddyline Sandpiper Kayak $100 Raffle Ticket max 30

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

You can help with clean, swimmable, fishable, drinkable, water in the 10,000-square-mile Suwannee River Basin in Florida and Georgia by becoming a WWALS member today!