Voted the World’s Best Seaside Park

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is proud to sponsor Drive for Schools, Santa Cruz County’s largest fundraiser benefiting local schools.

Get Your Tickets Today!

To purchase tickets, find your favorite school listed below and contact the ticket coordinator. Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25.

Tickets are on sale through participating schools starting Tuesday, September 12 through Sunday, October 22. All purchased tickets must be returned to your school by its posted deadline. Purchased tickets will not be accepted at the Boardwalk from anyone other than each school’s designated fundraising coordinator. The drawing will be held at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk at 1pm on Sunday, October 29.

Tickets will also be sold on the day of the drawing at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Proceeds from tickets sold on the day of the drawing will benefit the Santa Cruz County Office of Education Special Education Department.

About Drive For Schools

Founded in 2005 by Subaru of Santa Cruz and now sponsored by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Drive for Schools raised a record $726,000 for local schools in 2022 and has raised almost $8 million total since 2005.

All elementary, middle and high schools in Santa Cruz County are invited to participate. Best of all, each participating school keeps every dollar they earn AND they decide how best to spend the money.

This year’s grand prize is $25,000 cash. We will also give away five $1,000 cash prizes and 100 additional prizes.

The grand prize and five $1,000 cash prizes are provided by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. All other prizes are generously donated by the local businesses listed below. We are grateful for their support!

Click here for the latest list of fabulous prizes. Prize listed updated periodically between now and the drawing on October 29.

Kids with banner that reads "DFS We Love You"

2023 Participating Schools

ALTERNATIVE FAMILY EDUCATION (AFE) Gwin Whitson [email protected]
ALIANZA CHARTER SCHOOL Melinda Luna [email protected]
ANN SOLDO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Veronica Morales [email protected]
APTOS HIGH SCHOOL Jennifer Watson [email protected]
APTOS JR HIGH SCHOOL Kellie Lowe [email protected]
THE BAY SCHOOL Laura Noland [email protected]
BAY VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Kat Weaver [email protected]
BAYMONTE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Katie Rylander [email protected]
BONNY DOON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Ola Mugnier [email protected]
BOULDER CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Dawn Harker [email protected]
BRADLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Jen Kulich [email protected]
BRANCIFORTE MIDDLE SCHOOL Laura Jones [email protected]
BROOK KNOLL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Lindsey Rice [email protected]
CALABASAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Paula Twisselman [email protected]
CESAR E. CHAVEZ MIDDLE SCHOOL Jason Rooney [email protected]
CYPRESS HIGH SCHOOL Matthew Levy [email protected]
DEL MAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Alyssa Trinity [email protected]
DELAVEAGA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Mary Lieby [email protected]
DELTA HIGH SCHOOL Maria Hastings [email protected]
DIAMOND TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE Marci Keller [email protected]
FREEDOM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Steve Carlson [email protected]
GATEWAY SCHOOL Chris Lang [email protected]
GAULT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Maria Mendoza [email protected]
GREEN ACRES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Rob Willias [email protected]
GREEN VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Melissa Song [email protected]
H. A. HYDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Erin Legorreta [email protected]
HALL DISTRICT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Cynthia Torres [email protected]
HAPPY VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Caroline Frier [email protected]
HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL James Gaynor [email protected]
HOLY CROSS SCHOOL Monica Terrazas [email protected]
LANDMARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Ashley Moules [email protected]
LINSCOTT CHARTER SCHOOL Kristie Fowler [email protected]
LIVE OAK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Elva Lopez [email protected]
MAIN STREET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Scott Mangold [email protected]
MAR VISTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Christine Cooke [email protected]
MINTIE WHITE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Rich Moran [email protected]
MISSION HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL Amy Dahlen [email protected]
MONARCH COMMUNITY SCHOOL Alejandra Cardenas [email protected]
MORELAND NOTRE DAME SCHOOL Kris Burkett [email protected]
MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Marie Guzman [email protected]
MOUNT MADONNA SCHOOL Linda Manzur [email protected]
NEW BRIGHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL Numa Trepanier [email protected]
OCEAN ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION Rebecca Paten [email protected]
OHLONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Roseanna Gutierrez [email protected]
ORCHARD SCHOOL Manila Bol [email protected]
PACIFIC COAST CHARTER SCHOOL Tracy Laws [email protected]
PACIFIC COLLEGIATE CHARTER SCHOOL (PCS) Vilija Joyce [email protected]
PACIFIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Kristen Heady [email protected]
PAJARO VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL Julie Brusa [email protected]
RADCLIFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Heather Bailey [email protected]
RIO DEL MAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Adriana Rodoni [email protected]
ROLLING HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL Nicholas Bugayong [email protected]
SALESIAN SCHOOL Sr. Maria Long [email protected]
SAN LORENZO VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL Kat Gafford [email protected]
SAN LORENZO VALLEY HIGH MUSIC BOOSTERS Debbie Prudhomme [email protected]
SAN LORENZO VALLEY NATURE ACADEMY Amanda Baillie [email protected]
SAN LORENZO VALLEY CHARTER SCHOOL Danelle Matteson [email protected]
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY DEPT OF SPECIAL ED Nick Ibarra [email protected]
SANTA CRUZ HIGH SCHOOL Arti Sud [email protected]
SANTA CRUZ MONTESSORI - WAVECREST JR HIGH Courtney Pantos [email protected]
SANTA CRUZ WALDORF SCHOOL Sarah Brown [email protected]
SCOTTS VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL Lorraine Strassman [email protected]
SCOTTS VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL Tanya Strite [email protected]
SOQUEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Colleen Dunn [email protected]
SOQUEL HIGH SCHOOL Tory Del Favero [email protected]
SPRING HILL SCHOOL Felicia Gilman [email protected]
ST. ABRAHAM'S CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Magdalena Erhardt [email protected]
ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL Nicole Dewig [email protected]
ST. LAWRENCE ACADEMY Yevette Dingman [email protected]
STARLIGHT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Cinthia Chacon [email protected]
TIERRA PACIFICA SCHOOL Desiree Hunt [email protected]
TWIN LAKES CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Danae Miller [email protected]
VALENCIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Lizzy Anderson [email protected]
VHM CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Sherry Boles [email protected]
VINE HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Crissy Diaz [email protected]
WESTLAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Manali Dighe [email protected]
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is grateful for the generosity of Mission Printers for printing all contest tickets. We’d also like to thank the dozens of generous businesses that donate prizes, including but not limited to Dell Williams Jewelers, the Santa Cruz Warriors, NHS, and LightUp Toys. We would also like to thank all of our valued media sponsors for their support of Drive for Schools.

Mission Printers logo
Good Times logo
95.5 FM BOB logo
 Fox 35 logo
101.7 FM The Beach logo
102.5 KDON logo - Salinas, Santa Cruz, Monterey
105.1 FM KOcean logo
104.3 FM The Hippo Rocks logo
92.7 KTOM logo
96.9 FM KWAV logo
Tam Communications logo
Lookout Santa Cruz

Contest Rules

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Participation in this contest constitutes full acceptance of all rules. This contest is void in New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. military installations and outside of the United States. This contest is void where prohibited by law.

To obtain a complimentary ticket, mail a self-addressed stamped envelope postmarked no later than October 15, 2023 to Marcy Brenkwitz, Attn: Drive for Schools, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
Santa Cruz, California, 95060, USA
Telephone: (831) 423-5590

Email: [email protected]

Dates: The sweepstakes begins on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, and ends at 1pm, Sunday, October 22, 2023. In addition to the tickets sold in participating schools, tickets will be sold on the day of the drawing, October 29 at 1pm, at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Proceeds from tickets sold on the day of the drawing will benefit the Santa Cruz County Office of Education Special Education Department.

Prize: Grand Prize consists of one $25,000 cash prize. Additional prizes will be listed soon.

Grand Prize will be drawn first followed by the additional prizes. Each purchased ticket is eligible to win only once.

Entries: Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. All entries and information therein become the property of the Sponsor. This sweepstakes is open to all residents of the United States except where prohibited by law. The following individuals are not eligible to participate: Karley Pope, Gladys Rodriguez, Aaliyah Nartates, Carol Jackson and Marcy Brenkwitz of the Santa Cruz Seaside Company. Odds are based on the number of entries received.

Winner: The winner will be drawn on or about Sunday, October 29, 2023. The winner need not be present at drawing to win and will be notified via telephone or mail within 15 days of the drawing. The grand prize winner will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release within fourteen (14) days following confirmation of the prize by the winner. Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.

The grand prize winner will be required to sign a Release of Liability and photography release agreeing to the use of his or her name and likeness for publicity and promotional purposes without additional compensation. Each cash prize winner must provide all necessary Federal and State tax-reporting information before receiving the prize. All local, state, and federal taxes, and fees apply and are the winner’s sole responsibility. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prize items once in the winner’s possession. Prize winners release sponsors of any liability incurred in connection with the acceptance of the prize. No transfer or substitution of prizes allowed. To obtain a written notification of the winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope with a written request to: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz California, 95060.

Limitations of Liability: Acceptance of the prize constitutes a release of Santa Cruz Seaside Company and all affiliated contest co-sponsors, its agents, and employees from all responsibility to the winner.

General Terms and Conditions: By entering this contest, each participant agrees to these rules, and the decision of the sponsor, will be final. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and their affiliated co-sponsors, their employees, affiliates, contractors, and legal advisors are not responsible for and shall not be held liable for: (1) Late, lost, misdirected, incorrect, or incomplete entries. (2) Any equipment malfunction, such as the Internet, network, server, telephone, etc. (3) Any injuries, loss, or damage caused or created as a result of the prize, acceptance of the prize, or use of the prize. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk reserves the right to modify this contest at any time in the event of an uncontrollable circumstance.

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk would like to thank everyone for participating in the 19th annual Drive for Schools fundraiser! This event wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of local businesses and school volunteers who donated their time and valuable prizes to the program.

With your help, this year’s event raised over $754,000 for local schools!

Drive for Schools has now raised more than $9.4 million for Santa Cruz County Schools since 2005.

2023 Top Selling Schools

  • Elementary School: Mar Vista Elementary School ($27,255)
  • Jr. High School:San Lorenzo Valley Nature Academy ($13,245)
  • High School: St. Francis High School ($66,150 highest ever!)
  • Multiple Grades: San Lorenzo Valley HS & Music Boosters ($39,239)
  • Spirit Award Winner: Bay View Elementary ($17,153… last year was $7,853)

Congratulations to grand prize winner, Paddy Easton!

Please see the list below for all winners.

Thank you for your amazing support of Santa Cruz County Schools!

2023 Drawing Results

1 GRAND PRIZE - $25,000, donated by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Paddy Easton Aptos CA
2 $1,000, donated by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Stephen Green Santa Cruz CA
3 $1,000, donated by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Yolanda Miller Aptos CA
4 $1,000, donated by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Aracelie Thibadeau Watsonville CA
5 $1,000, donated by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Jee Kajihara Watsonville CA
6 $1,000, donated by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Judith Balbc Santa Cruz CA
7 $500, donated by Whiting's Foods Jodi Franchi Corralitos CA
8 $500, donated by Catto's Graphics Amber Leopold Felton CA
9 $500 Gift certificate from Dell Williams Jewelers Ahmet Ahdag Clifton NJ
10 $500 Gift certificate from Dell Williams Jewelers Lilia M. Reyes Castroville CA
11 $250 Gift certificate from John's Jewelers Alison Collier Ben Lomond CA
12 Pair of lower-level tickets to a Golden State Warriors Game Jason Stohl Hudson WI
13 Four premium tickets to a San Francisco Giants Game Gloria Ath Boulder Creek CA
14 Klay Thompson signed bobblehead donated by the Golden State Warriors Deborah Prudhomme Felton CA
15 Andre Iguodala autographed print donated by the Golden State Warriors Sergio Chavez Watsonville CA
16 One-night stay and breakfast for two at Chaminade Resort & Spa Jesse Medrano Royal Oaks CA
17 Green fees and carts for four at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Course Sharon McDougall Salinas CA
18 Set of four passes for sailing aboard the Chardonnay II Lisa White Watsonville CA
19 One-night stay in an Ocean View Room at Dream Inn Santa Cruz Maria Martinez Santa Cruz CA
20 Two nights in a Pine Village Bungalow at Costanoa Resort Kelly Harrison Santa Cruz CA
21 Sea-blue Electra cruiser bicycle, donated by Twisselman Enterprises Alan Wagner Watsonville CA
22 Black cruiser bicycle, donated by Coca-Cola Jocelyn Huffaker Soquel CA
23 Black cruiser bicycle, donated by Coca-Cola Maria Ines Gonzales Watsonville CA
24 Stand-up paddleboard, donated by Coca-Cola Christine Hayashi Fresno CA
25 Stand-up paddleboard, donated by Coca-Cola Alison Collier Ben Lomond CA
26 Two-hour bowling party for up to 10 at the Boardwalk Bowl Luis Herera Watsonville CA
27 Four passes to California's Great America Megan Bishop Watsonville CA
28 Four passes to California's Great America Alan Gardner Boise ID
29 Four passes to California's Great America