Imperial Chamber of Commerce Virtual Fundraising

Chuck Sayers (front, black suite), general manager of United Toyota Imperial, and Laura Goodsell (to his left), Imperial Chamber of Commerce board president, pose with United Toyota staff next to the 2021 Toyota RAV4 LE. 

EL CENTRO — The Imperial Chamber of Commerce hosted a virtual raffle fundraising event Saturday, April 17, with a brand-new car as the grand prize. 

“It was a success overall. We were able to meet the goal plus extra,” said Susan Paradis, chief executive officer of the Imperial Chamber of Commerce. “It was a lot of fun.”

Proceeds from the fundraising will be used to support members of the Chamber by providing educational resources, networking, and personal protection equipment. 

The ticket holder who won the brand-new 2021 Toyota RAV4 LE was “Ginna,” who requested to remain anonymous. 

Ginna was shocked and surprised, said Paradis, who described the winner’s reaction for winning the car valued at $28,000. The virtual raffle took place at United Toyota of Imperial, a car dealer on southbound Highway 86.  

According to Paradis, Chamber members donated prizes for the virtual raffle: Imperial Valley Home Finder & Credit Repair donated 12 Las Vegas vacation packages, Restoration, A Hair & Beauty Workshop — a gift bag, Victoria Homes — a $100 gift card to Humble Farmers Imperial, Victoria Homes — a Ninja Foodi, Bari Smith Consulting — Health Products, and Entravision — $600 certificate for advertising. 

There was a total of 18 prizes, including the grand prize, a 2021 Toyota RAV4 LE. 

“We want to thank United Toyota for hosting such a wonderful event. We want to thank the members and the community for supporting the Imperial Chamber of Commerce,” said Paradis. 

The Chamber started the fundraising campaign in December 2019. But when the COVID-19 pandemic drew closer, the State mandated the closure of businesses in March 2020. As a result, the Chamber discontinued selling tickets. Each ticket was a $20 donation. 

“We thought it was not appropriate to sell tickets,” said Paradis, who stopped selling tickets because many individuals lost their jobs and business owners lost customers. “We resumed with the fundraising in March 2021,” said Paradis. 

“I would like to convey that we are so grateful to the supporters of the virtual fundraising event,” said Paradis. 

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