Rossiters win $100,000 Big Blue Raffle prize; Showcase of Excellence at QHS

Dinah Mikkelson, center, concentrates Saturday as she plays her alto sax during a rendition of “At Last.” Mikkelson was part of the Quincy High School Jazz Band that was participating in the annual Showcase of Excellence at QHS.(H-W Photo/Michael Kipley)
Posted: Mar. 9, 2013 9:54 pm Updated: Mar. 23, 2013 10:15 pm


Charles and Denise Rossiter of Quincy were the big winners Saturday night in the Quincy High School Alumni Association's Big Blue Raffle.

The Rossiters were announced as the winner of the $100,000 grand prize at the Baldwin Intermediate School Auditorium, during a break in the annual Showcase of Excellence program.

The $100,000 prize was one of four major Big Blue Raffle prizes. Others were $25,000 (Bernie Koch of Liberty), $10,000 (Ila Johnson of Quincy) and $5,000 (The Bower family of Quincy).

None of the winners was present.

All proceeds from the raffle will be used to benefit students in the Quincy School District. The goal was to sell 5,000 tickets at $100 apiece, designed to generate $310,000 in new revenue for Quincy's public schools. The remaining $190,000 would then be available to give away as prizes and to cover costs.

The Big Blue Raffle's prize pool also included 10 $1,000 prizes, 20 $500 prizes and 66 $250 prizes.

Organizers did not disclose how many tickets were sold for the raffle.

The first $50,000 raised will be split among the district's 14 schools, based on the preferences of raffle participants. Every person who bought a ticket was able to designate where $10 of the $100 purchase price would go.

The list of schools includes all seven elementary schools; the three sections at Baldwin Intermediate School (North, South and West); Quincy Junior High; QHS; the Quincy Area Vocational-Technical Center; and the Early Childhood and Family Education Center.