One ticket, that is. You see when FHES teacher Heather Mueller saw her friend Sabrina selling “Dream Vacation” raffle tickets for CATS at the grocery store last year, she figured she’d buy one ticket in support of the Theatre and her friend’s efforts. She had absolutely no expectation of winning and didn’t really even pay attention to what the prize was.
Fast forward to December 7 at SJCT’s annual Holiday Festival—out rolled a barrel full of raffle tickets (around 1,500!) and the winner was chosen: Heather Mueller! While Heather was not present at the event, she ran into a friend the next day who had been there, who congratulated her on her great prize…it didn’t all set in, though, until CATS’ Mary Sliger called Heather Sunday evening to confirm the news. “I was so surprised,” said Heather. “I’ve won things like CDS before in raffles, but nothing of this magnitude.”
Heather got to choose from four “Dream Vacations” and chose to go to Paris with her partner, David. They’d been there briefly eight years ago for a memorial but did not have the time to explore and appreciate the area. Now, they will enjoy free airfare and six nights at a luxurious hotel in the heart of the city. They’re planning to go in August. “There’s no way we could have done a trip like this,” said Heather. “I’m very grateful to CATS and the Theatre for putting on this raffle—it’s a great gift.”