Sleeping Bear Dunes Events: It isn't often that a chance comes along to do good by getting lucky. But just such a perfect storm has come about in the "Charge Up the Dunes" raffle. Cherry Republic and TART Trails have partnered to sponsor the raffle, which will raise money for the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail campaign. The holder of the winning ticket will drive away with an amazing prize–a brand new Chevy Volt!

The raffle has been limited to 1,200 tickets being sold at $100 each or three for $250. The Volt was purchased from General Motors at a significant discount, and it’s a chance to win a $45,000 car for $100!

"The ‘Charge up the Dunes’ raffle is a terrific combination of everything good going on in Michigan, and Cherry Republic is really excited to be a part of it. Partnering with Chevrolet to help raise money for the Sleeping Bear Heritage Bike Trail has been very rewarding,” said Bob Sutherland, owner of Cherry Republic. “And combining the Volt with the trail, gives people such an easy way to support Michigan's industry, tourism, quality of life and the environment. The Volt is the most Michigan made of any car built today! When the trail is finished it will become the number one biking destination in the Midwest."

The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail campaign must raise $400,000 for design and engineering to extend the trail south from the Dune Climb to Empire. Donors of $1,000 or more will be recognized at a permanent donor plaza located at the Dune Climb. Well-known local artist Glenn Wolff created an illustrated map of the trail and donors of $5,000 or more will receive a limited edition signed print.

The Heritage Trail consists of a 27-mile non-motorized pathway that, when finished, will run the length of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, from Glen Arbor to Empire. Every dollar raised during the raffle will go to the trail.

Tickets are on sale at Cherry Republic stores in Traverse City and Glen Arbor, at Crystal River Outfitters in Glen Arbor and online at The drawing will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 1 at Cherry Republic’s Glen Arbor location.

The raffle is conducted by Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, Inc., raffle license number R17281

To learn more about the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail visit

Watch a video of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail ground breaking at!