Contrada Family Welcomed Home
Contrada Family Welcomed Home

With a little bit of fate and a whole lot of luck, the 2023 Calgary Stampede Lotteries Rotary Dream Home winner was welcomed home

Calgary – Calgarian Vincenzo Contrada has been buying Calgary Stampede Lotteries tickets his whole adult life and during the 2023 Calgary Stampede, with a little bit of fate and a whole lot of luck, his tradition of supporting the Stampede Lotteries paid off in a big way. Vincenzo, his wife Nancy, and their two daughters were officially handed the keys to the 2023 Rotary Dream Home this morning, following Vincenzo’s big win at The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth this past July!

“As born and raised Calgarians, my wife and I have been attending Stampede since we were kids and have made a tradition of attending with our daughters every year. Normally we visit Stampede on the final Sunday, which is when I always buy my Stampede Lotteries tickets. But this year, my boss asked me to attend a work event in his place at the Chuckwagon Races on the first Friday of Stampede. I did, and that’s when I bought the lucky ticket,” explains Vincenzo.

What Vincenzo describes as a little bit of fate includes a conversation with the volunteer at the Stampede Lotteries booth on that first Friday, during which he decided to buy a package of all Rotary Dream Home tickets for the first time. Following Stampede, he had a nagging feeling to check the website the day he thought the Lotteries winners were announced, but he checked too soon. He got a phone call from the Stampede Lotteries Committee the next day.

“It was shocking – when I heard who was calling, I asked them if I had won the Dream Home. I was joking, but after they confirmed I actually was the winner, I was in disbelief,” explains Vincenzo. “While it still seems like a dream, my wife and I truly feel fortunate. Winning the Dream Home is life-changing!”

Ever since learning of their win, Vincenzo and his family, who currently live five minutes away from their new Dream Home, have been driving by regularly, watching the progress of the Dream Home being relocated from Stampede Park to its permanent location in the southeast community of Rangeview by Section23 Developments. Today, they finally got to take the keys.

The stunning 2023 Rotary Dream Home, designed and built by Homes by Avi, features three bedrooms and three baths, at a cool 2,537 sq. ft. The design was inspired by the garden-to-table feel of the community, with lots of natural light, earth tones and optimal outdoor space. In addition to the Dream Home, the Contrada family also won $125,000 in cash, with their total Dream Home package win totalling in value of more than $1.26 million. In another twist of fate, this will be the Contrada family’s fourth Homes by Avi home.

"We are absolutely thrilled for the Contrada family! Their genuine love for their city and community is remarkable, and the fact that they are current homeowners with Homes by Avi highlights their appreciation for quality craftsmanship and unique design," says Vered Amir, Director of Sponsorship & Community Engagement, Homes by Avi Group of Companies. "This Dream Home marks our 27th home, which generated a record $854,000 to directly support numerous local charities and organizations in our community. Homes by Avi, along with our many trade partners, showcases the commitment and skill of our partners in bringing this vision to life. We truly value our relationship with the Calgary Stampede and Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park."

In 2023, the Calgary Stampede Lotteries benefited more than just the Contrada family and the prize winners, giving back more than $1.85 million to the southern Alberta community and to local charities through the Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park, the Kinsmen Club of Calgary and the Calgary Marching Showband Association.

"The Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park and Homes by Avi have been an integral part of Stampede Lotteries for many years. The 2023 Dream home is an incredibly beautiful home and helped us reach a new record in ticket sales, which allowed us to give back more to the community,” says Richard Agnew, Chair, Calgary Stampede Lotteries Committee. “On behalf of Stampede Lotteries, I would like to extend my thanks to Homes by Avi and Rotary for their unwavering commitment. Their dedication has truly made a significant difference in the lives of many."

For more information on the Calgary Stampede Lotteries, please visit calgarystampedelotteries.ca.

Stay tuned for the 2024 Calgary Stampede Lotteries, launching this spring with more great prizes!

About the Calgary Stampede Lotteries

While the prizes, partners, and popularity have evolved over the years, along with the name of the lotteries itself, the partnership has remained strong. The Calgary Stampede, the Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park and the Kinsmen Club of Calgary still provide irreplaceable support to communities throughout our city and province. Purchasing tickets for Calgary Stampede Lotteries means you’re giving back to the community. Stampede Lotteries raises funds for the Calgary Stampede, a not-for-profit organization, and our youth and agricultural programs. The lotteries also raise funds for worthwhile community projects in southern Alberta through the Stampede’s three service partners: Kinsmen Club of Calgary, Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park and the Calgary Marching Show Band Association. 

About Homes by Avi – Group of Companies

Homes by Avi, a renowned home builder and community developer with over 45 years of experience, has made it their mission to go beyond building homes – they build communities. With a strong focus on quality and customer satisfaction, Homes by Avi has built over 20,000 homes in 150 exceptional communities across Calgary, Edmonton, and Austin, Texas. Founder Avi Amir set high standards to ensure the company went above and beyond, with a commitment to customer satisfaction. Best known for their quality and affordable single-family homes, Homes by Avi recognized a demand for innovative multi-family developments and launched their multi-family division alongside Avi Construction in 2000. The company has earned multiple Multi-Family Builder of the Year awards, adding to its single-family accolades. Homes by Avi offers a range of communities, including modern live/work, inner-city developments, street-oriented row housing, master-planned front drive, laned, townhome, duplex, and apartment communities. In 2018, the company added Blue Jean Management, delivering top condo and property management services. Throughout Homes by Avi’s successful growth, they remain true to their Founder’s commitment to customer satisfaction, building homes and communities that are "Built for You, Designed for Life" - providing Better Value by Design.

For more information, please contact:

Christine Thompson
Corporate Communications Manager

Calgary Stampede

cthompson@calgarystampede.com

403.261.9186