Sunday, June 24 , 2018, 8:21 am | Overcast 63º

 
 
 
 

Winners of CASA Raffle Live It Up in Paris

Sharon and Jerry Gort of Goleta reminisce about their dream trip, including a U2 concert

Goleta resident Sharon Gort dreamed about a trip to the City of Lights for more than five years. To her surprise, her dream came true with the purchase of a ticket for “99.9 KTYD Rocks CASA — See U2 Live in Paris,” a raffle benefiting Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara County.

Gort and her husband, Jerry, were the winners of the trip, which included upfront seats at the U2 concert on July 11.

“At times, Bono and the other musicians were within 7 to 8 feet of us,” Jerry Gort said. “It was fantastic.”

The first-time European travelers were transformed by the trip, so much so that they hope to make a return trip in the future. “It was a trip of a lifetime,” Sharon Gort said.

The retired couple indulged in Paris’ grandiose pleasures, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and The Louvre, as well as Parisien truffles and ice cream. They also tacked on travel adventures to Avignon, Nice, Monaco and Cannes.

When the couple bought their raffle ticket, the Gorts’ didn’t expect to win, just that they were supporting a good cause. They almost didn’t believe it when they received a phone call from KTYD broadcasters Julie Ramos and Brad J. and CASA Executive Director Maria Long saying they had won. “We thought they were kidding,” Jerry Gort said.

The raffle was broadcast for 10 days on KTYD’s morning show. A variety of local merchants, including restaurants, spas and salons, added incentive items to callers. Nearly $40,000 was raised for CASA-Santa Barbara County.

For more information about CASA, how to become an advocate or how to make a donation, call the Santa Barbara office at 805.845.8364 or the Santa Maria office at 805.739.9102.

— Nancy Shobe is a media representative for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara County.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level
×

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >