It was a beautiful day in Young Park for the 5th Annual Las Cruces Earth Day. Following an impressive musical line-up, the staff of the Southwest Environmental Center gathered on stage to give away a 2012 Toyota Prius (made possible by Las Cruces Toyota) for the fifth year in a row. The last ticket (number 400) was raffled off to a lucky audience members, as were other prizes, such as the hiking guide, a gardening kit, a hummingbird wheel and a book about the Otero Mesa.
The presentation culminated with young Johanna drawing ticket 151 - making Connie Welles this year's winner. Though Connie wasn't available, or reachable by phone, she soon learned about her prize and made her way down to Young Park to take a look at her new car. Connie, a contract manager for the county, had never participated in the raffle before and had only purchased one ticket. Simultaneously grinning and tearing up, Connie was thrilled with the win and looks forward to participating in the raffle for years to come.