Third annual Christmas Wine Survivor is rapidly approaching

Funds raised will support the Friends of the Library Society

In support of the Friends of the Library Society, Christmas Wine Survivor 2020 is set to run in just a few weeks.

“This is going to be our third year,” said Rhonda O’Neill, manager of the Stettler Public Library. “Basically, it’s a raffle with all of this wine.”

No matter what you might end up winning, you will be a hit at any holiday event, she laughed.

“Every year, they pick a different aspect of the Library to support, and this year, we will be looking at supporting e-content such as e-books and e-audio books for example.”

With the ongoing pandemic, the demand for these types of services has seen an increase as well, she added.

Past proceeds from Christmas Wine Survivors have allowed staff to spruce up the Library’s children section, and also to purchase further equipment to enhance the Library’s services as a whole.

O’Neill said the event has proven to be a fun seasonal hit with local residents.

“The first year we had it was amazing – we have some really great volunteers working with the Friends of the Library Society,” she added, referring specifically to Gayle Tennant who worked tirelessly to sell tickets.

“We had no idea how it would go over,” she said. “Last year we did really well, too. It’s a fantastic fundraiser, and it’s something different as well.”

Meanwhile, raffle rules are posted at and you must be at least 18 years of age to enter.

O’Neill said that a maximum of 200 entries will be accepted until Nov. 28th.

Entry fee is $20 plus a bottle of wine with a minimum value of $15 (before taxes and bottle deposit).

Tickets are available at the Stettler Public Library or any member of the Stettler Friends of the Library Society.

Also, homemade wine is not eligible, and the wine must be present at the time of the ticket purchase. Wine is to be dropped off at the Library where it will be stored in a safe place until the final elimination draw.

The elimination draws will be held at the Library on Nov. 30th, Dec. 1st, Dec. 2nd, Dec. 3rd, Dec. 4th and Dec. 5th at 4 p.m.

Ultimately, the amount of the wine to be won will be determined based on the number of entrants who purchase tickets.

“We will be doing the elimination draws over the period of a week on Facebook,” she said. “That will also give people the chance to buy immunity if they want to,” she added with a laugh.

At the end of the elimination draw, the final six numbers will be declared winners as follows – first place will win 30 per cent of the wine collected; second place will win 20 per cent of the wine; third place will win 20 per cent of the wine collected; fourth place will win 10 per cent of the wine, fifth place will win 10 per cent of the wine collected and finally sixth place will will 10 per cent of the wine.

The Stettler Friends of the Library Society will publish eliminated and winning ticket numbers on the Stettler Public Library Facebook page.

As mentioned, participants can also purchase one-time immunity for $10 if you are eliminated during one of the five elimination draws. Participants will have until 1 p.m. the following day after their ticket numbers have been drawn to purchase immunity.

“If you are eliminated after your immunity purchase, you cannot purchase a second immunity.”

The six winning entries will be notified by a call to the number registered on the entry ticket and by an email to the email address on the ticket entry as well.

For more information, drop by the Library or call the office at 403-742-2292.

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