I am pleased to announce the winners of the Les Turner raffle for the benefit of ALS research (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

For those of you who may be unaware, ALS took my wife on May 16, 2012. I wrote about it the next day in My Wife Joanne Has Passed Away; Stop and Smell the Lilacs.

I started a raffle for the benefit of ALS research. Raffle proceeds were split 50-50.

Still others made cash contributions. Money came in from forty countries around the globe.

The drawing was Wednesday. I was present at the drawing but did not personally draw names. I did make a phone call to all the winners. Some we did not reach until later. Most winners released the use of their names, a few did not.

Since this was an international affair, I was hoping for at least one winner outside the US. We did get one, from Unionville, Canada.

List of Winners

Place Prize Ticket Winner
1st $56,497.74 R1462 Bill Zielinski from Oxford, CT
2nd $33,900.00 R0186 Joe Rosson Bozeman, MT
3rd $16,950.00 R0995 Andy Levy Unionville, Canada
4th $16,950.00 R0024 John Lewis from Irving, TX
5th $16,950.00 R1513 Eric S. New York, NY
6th $5,647.74 R1018 Mark Vancil from Winnetka, IL
7th $5,647.74 R0897 Ezra Long from Palmdale, CA
8th $5,647.74 R1190 Middleville, NJ
9th $5,647.74 R0743 Saul Fuentes from Houston, TX
10th $5,647.74 R0832 David Stockman from Greenwich, CT

Stop and Smell the Lilacs

I want to thank all of you for your warm emails, shoulders to cry on, research contributions, and support via the raffle.


The raffle, including contributions, netted $261,122.68, all for ALS research.

On behalf of Joanne, and for those still on this planet, please remember to stop and smell the lilacs. Lilacs were her favorite flower.

Thanks to everyone for making this a huge success!

Mike “Mish” Shedlock