In July, Calgarian Derek Letourneau’s life forever changed, when he received a call from the Calgary Stampede Lotteries, letting him know he was the winner of the 2022 Rotary Dream Home. Today, the Calgary Stampede, Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park and Homes by Avi officially welcomed Derek to his new home, as the keys to the Dream Home were handed over.
“I was very excited and overwhelmed when I received the call that I won – this is absolutely life-changing. I can’t wait to move into the house pretty quickly here with my three children,” says 2022 Rotary Dream Home Winner, Derek Letourneau, who had just moved to Calgary from Victoria this past March. “When I was at Stampede with my daughter, I got an overwhelming feeling three times. The first when I walked through the Dream Home with her – I immediately purchased tickets. Then I walked past another Lotteries booth later that day, had another feeling and bought more tickets. And then a third time, where again, I bought more tickets. Before this, I had never bought a lottery ticket in my life.”
There were no lack of smiles as Derek was given the keys right at the home in the southeast Calgary community of Walden. The 2022 Dream Home, built by Homes by Avi, features three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and two half-bathrooms in a spacious 2,523 sq. ft. layout. In addition to the home, Derek also won $250,000 cash, and a package, that combined, totals more than $1.3 million.
“We’re thrilled for Derek and his family to live in this one-of-a-kind home where I’m sure they’ll create many wonderful memories throughout their lifetime,” says Charron Ungar, CEO, Homes by Avi Group of Companies. “This home represents the 26th Dream Home that we’ve had the pleasure to design and build. Homes by Avi, along with our many trade partners, are proud to have worked collaboratively with the teams at the Calgary Stampede and the Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park by generating over $636,000 to directly support numerous local charities and organizations in our community.”
In 2022, the Letourneau family weren’t the only winners of the Calgary Stampede Lotteries. Beyond those who took home the other coveted prizes, this year’s Calgary Stampede Lotteries gave back more than $1.3 million to the southern Alberta community and to local charities through the Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park, the Kinsmen Club of Calgary and the Calgary Marching Showband Association.
“It is always an incredible feeling to be a part of a moment like this when someone wins a life-changing prize like the Rotary Dream Home,” says Richard Agnew, Chair, Calgary Stampede Lotteries Committee. “Not only that, but because of the Stampede Lotteries, we’ll also be changing the lives of many in our community through the money we’ve been able to give to our charitable partners this year.”
For more information on the Calgary Stampede Lotteries, please visit calgarystampedelotteries.ca.
About the Calgary Stampede Lotteries
While the prizes, partners, and popularity have evolved over the years, along with the name of the lotteries itself, the partnership has remained strong. The Calgary Stampede, the Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park and the Kinsmen Club of Calgary still provide irreplaceable support to communities throughout our city and province. Purchasing tickets for Calgary Stampede Lotteries means you’re giving back to the community. Stampede Lotteries raises funds for the Calgary Stampede, a not-for-profit organization, and our youth and agricultural programs. The lotteries also raise funds for worthwhile community projects in southern Alberta through the Stampede’s three service partners: Kinsmen Club of Calgary, Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park, and the Calgary Marching Show Band Association.
About Homes by Avi – Group of Companies
For 45 years, Homes by Avi has built homes in over 150 outstanding communities for almost 20,000 proud homeowners. We go above and beyond with a commitment to ensuring our customers build the home of their dreams in the communities where they want to live. From new families to empty-nesters, Homes by Avi has a home for every stage of life. We believe in planting roots and committing to building the best communities for our customers. This year Homes by Avi is the proud recipient of 3 industry awards including Best Customer Experience – Calgary & Area – Multi-family, Best Customer Experience – Edmonton & Area - Single Family and Builder of Choice – Edmonton as selected from trade partners and employees.
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