The two days of Caltopia were quite a whirl for students, faculty and staff, as well as for exhibitors like Berkeleyside. From the tens of thousands who passed through the self-proclaimed “greatest days on planet Earth”, we were able to have conversations about local news with hundreds of people, we launched OneNews/Berkeleyside, our exciting new citizen journalism app, and we even found some potential new journalists.
But what about the Berkeleyside raffle? We partnered with a host of wonderful Berkeley businesses to give out fabulous raffle prizes worth in total over $600. We would like to thank the following businesses for their generosity in providing gift certificates: Ajanta, Axis Optical, Berkeley Hat Company, Books Inc., Cioccolata Di Vino, Ecology Center, Elmwood Café, Fantastic Comics, Friends of the Berkeley Public Library, Gather Restaurant, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Ideologie, Impact Theatre, iScream, Joshu-ya Brasserie, LMI.net, Moe’s Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s, Pegasus, Phil’s Sliders, PiQ,Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, Revival Café, Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café, Saul’s Deli, Shattuck Plaza Hotel, Shoes on Solano,Slash Jeans, Summer Kitchen Bake Shop, and Venus Restaurant.
We also had a second raffle prize courtesy of LaVals Pizza and Northside Travel: free pizza for a year, worth over $400. We encourage you to patronize all these great Berkeley businesses and spend your money in the city to boost our local economy.
The student winner of the main raffle prize with all those gift certificates is Gloria Jimenez. Second student prize — that much-desired year of pizza — goes to Jonathan Tranzen. The faculty/staff winner of the main prize is Yeun Ho, and pizza winner is Susana Wong. We’ll be emailing winners later today in case they don’t see the results here. Congratulations to all the winners!