DOBSON - Amadour Winery owner David Chaloupka released a written statement Thursday concerning a disputed fundraising raffle held at Budbreak, a wine festival in Mount Airy, Saturday.
The raffle consisted of contestants purchasing a ticket for $100, with the winner taking home a Fiat.
The requirement for winning is disputed, with Chaloupka
stating whoever won the raffle then had to "...toss a Frisbee completely through both windows of the car to be eligible to win.
In Thursday's written statement, which Chaloupka
said would be the final one he
makes on the event, Chaloupka
apologized for any misunderstanding or misconceptions which may have occurred at Budbreak, but said at least one Rotary official and a fire department official were on hand when he
showed where the car would have to be displayed and explained the rules.
also reiterated his
claim that he
told contestants about the rule as he
sold tickets, and that the tickets clearly stated a full list of rules could be found on a website.
It was not clear what website he
referred to, and an e-mail requesting that information from him went unanswered.
On the website amadourwinery.com, on Thursday there we no rules posted for the contest, although a legal note said that in any raffle held by the winery, 20 percent of the proceeds would go to the recipient after advertising, legal, and other costs were paid.
did say in his
statement on Thursday a scholarship was awarded Saturday, although he
did not say who was the recipient or how much was given.
written statement on Thursday Chaloupka said he
met with festival organizer Bob Meineke and North State Winery owner Ben Webb to verify and understand the final placement of the promotional car on Main Street.
Webb said Chaloupka
was upset with the initial position of the car and insisted it be moved.
After the automobile was moved to a spot in front of Leon's Burgers, Webb said Chaloupka
mentioned a Frisbee toss as being part of the contest.
Meineke maintains Chaloupka
never told him of that requirement, and the Rotary, along with the Downtown Business Association
, issued a statement earlier this week in which they said the blame for any problems rests with Chaloupka
He apologized and they (Meineke and Chaloupka) went out to the street and then came back with my ticket and put $100 on the counter.
This is nothing more than a "he
said" argument, with David Chaloupka
If I were him, I'd be ashamed to face the people I lied about and deceived, but that's just me.
How this man can think that what he
did would simply be overlooked and forgotten is beyond me.
The whole point should come down to the last line of the article, and it should have added that "Mr.
has agreed to crawl back into whichever hole he
came out of."