The Depot and Hopkins Rotary teamed up for a Hopkins Youth Fundraiser to support both the Depot Youth Entrepreneurship programs and Scholarships for Hopkins Students.

This was the first year for the Rock N' Roll Raffle which was named to celebrate the Depot's amazing music venue located on the Hopkins bike trails.  Rotary and the Depot worked together to select prizes, coordinate ticket sales and more.
 
This first year the Raffle had a profit of $3,500, but it's never just about the fund's raised.  Bringing organizations like the Depot, Rotary, the HBCA and others was the big accomplishment.  Our hopes are to return next year for an even bigger and badder Rock N' Roll Raffle.
 
Second Prize Donated to Hopkins Youth Sports & Music Events
The $1,200 gift certificate to Bongos and Buds for Yamaha music gear was generously donated by a Hopkins Rotarian.  They purchased portable speakers for outdoor sports events and music with some really talented young DJ's.  
 
Big thanks to everyone who purchased tickets.  Your supporting an event that has no operational costs and because the Scholarship dollars art through the Hopkins Rotary Foundation, there is more than a 100% contribution getting back to Hopkins  Student Scholarships.  
 
Big Thanks to the Super Rockin' Young Leaders of The Depot Board including The Depot Project Coordinator, John Guertin. Big Thanks to all the leaders of this fundraiser.
 
 
Hopkins is a small town and one great thing about it is that you can anticipate the support of some terrific groups and people in our community.  This event owes thanks to the Hopkins Business and Civic Association, the Raspberry Festival Team, Hopkins City, Hopkins Jaycee's, Hopkins Elks and many more friends.  Thanks to the Hopkins Rotarians for your sales and support, Thanks to the many local businesses that generously donated to support the event including First Avenue with event tickets for the Depot Leaders.  Thanks to the Depot Youth Board of Directors for your participation and collaboration on the event.  Special thanks to all of the event leaders who gave time and skills to launch a wonderful new collaborative fundraiser,
 
The event drawing was great fun at the Echos of Elvis event on August 18th, 2016 at 8:30 P.M.   
 
We lucked out with a weather miracle and Elvis pulled into Hopkins in a ragtop Pink Cadillac without any "raindrops falling on his head".
 
The crowds went crazy as he crooned and strutted onstage.  Since this was our last chance to sell a few more Raffle tickets, the Fundraising Team (The Depot Coffee House and Hopkins Rotary) enticed the audience to throw their bread into Raffle Ticket purchases instead of toward Mr. Presley.  The performers (Echoes of Elvis) were encouraging the same so hot diggity, our community collaboration was a rockin' success!
 
 Winning Ticket Numbers:
Grand Prize - Tonka Cycle $1800 - Ticket 0546
Second Prize - Bongos & Bud's 1200 - Ticket 1020
Third Prize - Mill City $300 - Ticket 2327
Fourth Prizes - $100 Gift Cards for Bongos & Buds & Tonka Cycle
 (four winners)  Tickets: 0903, 1255, 2881, 3991
Runner Up Prizes:  30 lucky winners.  $20 to $30 Gift Certificates)
Prizes from Hance Hardware, Tuttles, Smart Fix, Pub 819, Mainstreet Bar & Grill, the Tibetan Corner, Snap Print and many more.
 
Thanks Everyone.  We're excited for next year!