Ford ExplorerGo the distance with our Drive it Home Raffle

The Drive It Home Raffle is a signature event of Special Olympics Missouri. We are honored to work with our statewide partners to make this event a success: Missouri Automobile Dealers Association, Shop ‘n Save and Law Enforcement Torch Run. 

We are excited to share that Missouri Automobile Dealers Association has generously donated a 2018 Ford Explorer for our Drive it Home Raffle this year. Raffle tickets are $5 each.

Your support of this event directly benefits more than 15,300 athletes across the state.


On Saturday, Nov. 17, we celebrated with seven area finalists from across the state, who purchased tickets for the Drive it Home Raffle. They were all winners before they arrived! They visited the Training for Life campus, enjoyed a tour, dinner and watched our athletes participate in their very first camp at the TLC! A truly remarkable weekend in so many ways!

And now it is time to meet the winner of the 2018 Ford Explorer: Al Rodriguez! Turns out that the number 5 is lucky for Al. He was the fifth person to select a key at the Drive it Home Raffle Grand Prize Giveaway Event. He was joined by his wife and young children. His 5 year old daughter, Megan helped him pick the winning key. One of the most impactful parts of the event was watching the athletes give high fives to the winning family as they walked to their new vehicle! Congrats to Al and his family!

Raffle Winner 2018 Al Rodriguez


The grand prize drawing will take place on Nov. 17 at the Training for Life Campus in Jefferson City. 

Tammy Morgan: Tammy purchased one ticket from Special Olympics Missouri athlete Derek Sandbothe when she visited the new Training for Life campus on a tour with members of the Knights of Columbus. She likes to drive and works in Jefferson City. She recognizes all that the Knights do to support our mission and is excited about becoming more involved in Special Olympics Missouri. If Tammy wins the Ford Explorer, she would most like jump up and down with excitement! A trip could be in Tammy’s future. Ticket #: 011944

Kim Swanson: Kim purchased two tickets from her friend and coworker Lisa Breeden. She is very familiar with Special Olympics and our mission because Lisa has a son who participates in SOMO every year. He is involved in several sports and is always so excited to participate. Winning a new Ford Explorer would be a blessing to her family as they have children in college next year. Ticket #: 078013

Colin Welch: Colin purchased four tickets from SOMO staff member, Mary Niswonger. Colin is a member of the Knights of Columbus and has supported Special Olympics athletes for several years. He helped with Area Spring Games in high school and raises money through the Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive. When asked what he would do with a new Ford Explorer, he said that he would put his wife in the vehicle! Lucky lady! Ticket #: 013027

Floyd Deidiker: Floyd purchased 4 tickets from Bill Nichols. They were the last four tickets that Bill had left to sell. Bill is a former Grand Knight of the KOC council 9892. Floyd is the current Grand Knight for this council and has been a part of Special Olympics for the past several years. He firmly believes in our programs and in our athletes. He shared that he never wins anything and is excited that he is one of the area finalists! He would probably faint if he won the Ford Explorer. Ticket #: 018782

Terry Brown: Terry purchased 10 tickets online through Facebook or Instagram. He enjoys sports and is familiar with Special Olympics Missouri as a volunteer and donor. They are in the market to replace one of their vehicles, and the Ford Explorer would be a great fit. Ticket #: 012120

Fran Sokolowski: Fran purchased one ticket from a police officer during the Shop ‘n Save t-shirt sale at their Florissant location. She is familiar with Special Olympics, generously supporting our athlete’s through contributions. She only drives short distances and would most likely share the vehicle with her family! Ticket #: 038302

Al Rodriguez: Al purchased two tickets from an O’Fallon police officer during our Dunkin Donuts Cop on Top event in May. He understands the importance of sports and activity in the lives of children and enjoys seeing the smiles on their faces when they compete. When asked what he would do if he won the Ford Explorer, he shared that it will be an upgrade to one of their vehicles. Ticket #: 003246



Special Olympics Missouri is excited to work with the following Raffle Partners, who are selling Drive It Home Raffle tickets to support our athletes:

  • Rolling Hills Auto
  • Greater KC Public Safety Credit Union
  • Mema's Bakery
  • Tapcade
  • Chop Tops Hair Company
  • Learfield
  • Simon Oswald
  • SM Wilson
  • D'Sport
  • Shop 'n Save
  • Knights of Columbus
  • East Hills Shopping Center
  • LO Profile
  • Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
  • Mix 92.7/Cool 102.7 (Benne Media)
  • Columbia Missourian
  • Columbia Access TV
  • Hyatt Regency Downtown at the Arch
  • Downtown Association (North Area)
  • MWSU
  • Jackson KC Picnic
  • Don Wessel Honda of Springfield
  • Equine Assisted Therapy
  • RPM Car Care
  • St. Louis Special School District – Pattonville High School
  • Comprehensive Chiropractic & Sports Performance
  • Capital Plaza Hotel
  • Elks of Joplin
  • West County Honda
  • Ride -N- Drive Motorsports LLC
  • Golden Corral in North Area
  • Bliss Associates LLC
  • Outdoor Power and Sport
  • Bantera Bank
  • Southern Cross Medical Services
  • River Region Credit Union
  • Joe Machens Ford



View Official Rules


Tristan Holmes wins 2017 Drive It Home Raffle
The winner of the 2017 Honda Pilot Elite, donated by Missouri Automobile Dealers Association, was selected at the Grand Prize Giveaway Event at the Zimmer Tailgate party before the last Mizzou home game on November 11.  After three people tried their keys unsuccessfully, this young man step up to take his turn. He only purchased one ticket (#106981) and was thankful to be an area finalist. He never expected to select the winning key and was surprised when the key worked! As we stood on the sidelines before he went on the football field for the announcement, he shared that he was not sure what he was going to do with a brand new vehicle, but he was definitely planning to purchase a lottery ticket on the way home! Congrats to Tristan Holmes, from Piedmont MO (SE Area) who was the winner of the 2017 Honda Pilot Elite!

Click here to see all of the 2017 finalists


Drive It Home Raffle made possible thanks to:

LETR, law enforcement



Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. SOMO exists to provide year-round sports and training opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and our athletes need you to get involved.  Become a coach, volunteer, recruit a future athlete and learn how you can make a difference