Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center holds electric car raffle

Friends of Rogers started an Electric Car Raffle May 14. The Electric Car Raffle is a new fundraiser for Friends of Rogers and features a prize of a 2015 Tesla Model S ($35,000) ARV. The raffle runs to 6 p.m. Oct. 14, 2020. The drawing will be held at noon Oct. 21 at Rogers Center and will be open to the public. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20; other bundles are available. All details and rules for the raffle can be found at; click on “Win a Tesla.”

The nonprofit organization had to cancel their most popular fundraiser in March, just one week before the Spring Frolic was to take place March 19, due to the COVID-19 statewide shut down of mass gatherings. They plan to host the silent auction portion of that event sometime over the summer. At the time of this release, it has not been determined when that can take place. Time will tell how the reopening of the state goes for a business, like Friends of Rogers. The hope is that the electric car raffle will provide environmental education on electric vehicles and bring in revenue from ticket sales online, by mail and by phone.   

“We hope to introduce people to the electric vehicle while we raise money for our environmental education programs to continue,” said Director of Development Heather Tehan. “We are facing a year without the Spring Frolic and the cancellation of the school field trips and outreach programs.”

Even though the programs and field strips have been cancelled, the number of people going to Rogers Center is up.

“We are excited to see so many people enjoying the property with their families, the kind of numbers we usually see in mid-summer,” said Executive Director Simon Solomon. “It is nice to see that the community is still relying on us as a place to get outside and enjoy nature even with the buildings being closed at this time.”

The buildings and restrooms remain closed until further notice. The trails are open and fish food is available in the dispensers near the trout ponds.

The 2015 Tesla Model S is going to be on site at Rogers Center for people to see, as staff is available, until the buildings are reopened. Then staff expects to have the vehicle in front of the Visitor Center daily. For more information, visit

By martha

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