WILMINGTON (DE) BY GEORGE SHEA, PHOTOJOURNALIST | Meet 13-year-old Cole Hope who was one of two New Castle County’s DE Wins! raffle winner this week. He’ll be watching a Blue Rocks game with dozens of his friends after winning a DE Wins! luxury suite prize drawing, which he was automatically entered for with his COVID-19 vaccination.
“Being in a box with my friends and just having the luxury of being there and just hanging out.,” the George Read Middle School student said. “It means that time is progressing past the point where we can somewhat be comfortable around each other without having to fear getting the virus.”
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Wilmington Blue Rocks is just one of hundreds of participating Delaware businesses in the DEWins! program, which is aimed at getting 70% of Delawareans vaccinated by July 4, 2021.
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Delawareans 12-17 years old: Who are vaccinated in Delaware will be entered into a raffle for either one full undergraduate scholarship to a Delaware university, including either the University of Delaware, Delaware State University or Delaware Technical Community College, or… one full undergraduate scholarship to Wilmington University. Additional prizes include DNREC and Funland at Rehoboth Beach.
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Delawareans 18 and older: Who are vaccinated in Delaware between May 25 and June 29 will have the opportunity to win cash prizes — for the next five weeks! Two Delawareans a week will win $5,000. Other prizes include, Full graduate scholarship to Wilmington University, Tickets to The Grand, Tickets to Firefly, Four-day vacations at destinations in Delaware, A DART pass for a year, and Free tolls within the state of Delaware.
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But the big prize will come on June 30, 2021, when a Delawarean will win $302,000.00, and two more will win two low-number license plates. The announcement will come on June 30, 2021.
Also, on Thursday, Governor John Carney and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced three new prizes for the DE Wins! raffle, including two scholarships from Wilmington University and tickets to every show at The Grand during the 2021-2022 season.
Wilmington University will award a full undergraduate scholarship and a full graduate scholarship supporting Delaware’s Vaccination Incentive Program. Both scholarships will include tuition and fees.
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The Grand’s All Access Pass winner will receive two (2) seats to every Grand Presents and Broadway in Wilmington performance held from September 2021-July 2022 at The Grand, the baby grand, and The Playhouse on Rodney Square.
“We are getting closer to our goal of having 70 percent of Delaware adults vaccinated with at least one dose by July 4,” said Governor Carney. “To make that final push, we are adding new prizes to the DE Wins raffle. All of these prizes celebrate places that people love in our state, and experiences you can get back to safely once you’re vaccinated. Find a vaccine clinic or provider near you by visiting de.gov/getmyvaccine.”
As of Friday, June 18, 68.8 percent of Delaware adults had received at least one shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“We value the efforts of Governor Carney and the Delaware Division of Public Health to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in Delaware,” said Dr. LaVerne Harmon, Wilmington University President. “We hope the pandemic will soon be part of the past, and our gift of higher education part of a promising future for two deserving students.”
Recipients of Delaware’s Vaccination Incentive Program scholarship at Wilmington University who are between the ages of 12 through senior year in high school must use the scholarship no later than one year after graduating from high school. High school graduates ages 18 and over must utilize the scholarship within two years of receiving the award. Tuition must not exceed the total number of credits required for graduation in one degree program. Recipients must meet all of the University’s entrance requirements at the time of admission.
“It is in The Grand’s best interest, and the best interest of all indoor performances venues, to have as many Delawareans fully vaccinated as possible,” said Mark Fields, Executive Director of The Grand. “The more vaccinations, the safer we all are when we come together again for indoor performances in the near future. Providing this All Access Pass is our way of thanking those that have taken this important step towards reopening entertainment venues like The Grand’s three theaters for everybody.”
Previous artists to take The Grand’s stage include Sarah McLachlan, Willie Nelson, the Broadway musical JERSEY BOYS, and others. The Grand hosts an average of 60-80 performances a year. The winner cannot resell tickets. Seats will be provided as best available at time of booking. This offer does not apply to non-Grand Presents events such as rentals or community events.
“We appreciate all of the partners who have contributed prizes to the DE Wins! Vaccine Incentive Program,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH Director. “All three vaccines have been proven safe and effective, and the CDC just released new studies showing Pfizer and Moderna are up to 90% effective in reducing the risk of infection for fully vaccinated people. While protecting yourself and those closest to you is the biggest benefit for getting vaccinated, we recognize that incentive programs may help to motivate others who may have been putting it off. I encourage everyone to get vaccinated so we can all get back to doing the things we enjoy most.”
“The DE Wins! Vaccine Incentive prizes offer a great opportunity for residents to discover all the cool things to do in Delaware,” said Liz Keller, Delaware Tourism Office Director. “From one-of-a-kind experiences to dream staycations, these prizes not only provide another reason to receive the vaccine but also support local small businesses and non-profit organizations.”
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