Columbia River Giveaway Rules


There is no purchase, donation, or pledge necessary to enter or win. A purchase, donation, or pledge will not increase your chances of winning.


You must be a legal U.S. resident 21 years of age or older physically residing in the 50 United States (includes DC) to enter or win. Residents of New York or Florida are not eligible to enter or win. Employees of the Environmental Law & Policy Center, and the immediate family (parent, spouse, sibling, child, grandparent, grandchild) and household members of all such employees, are NOT eligible. Promotion is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void in New York, Florida, and where prohibited or restricted by law.


There are two ways to enter the sweepstakes.

  1. Donate or pledge to enter: Participants who make a donation or pledge to ELPC either online, by email or by telephone will be automatically entered into the sweepstakes. Go to to donate online, email your pledge to [email protected], or call 312-673-6500 to donate/pledge over the phone.
    Enter without donation/pledge: Email your name, email and phone to [email protected] or call 312-673-6500 and leave your name, email and phone.
  2. Entries must be submitted between 12:00a.m. Central Standard Time (CST) on December 27, 2023 and 11:59pm Central Standard Time (CST) on December 29, 2023. ELPC is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, corrupted, or misdirected entries.


Winners will be announced on the ELPC website ( by Friday, January 5, 2024 at 5:00pm. Winners will also be contacted individually.


  • One (1) prize will be awarded. Only one (1) winner will be selected.
  • One (1) winner will receive two (2) Amtrak coach roundtrip tickets on the Empire Builder line.
  • One (1) winner will receive accommodations for two (2) adults for three (3) nights in a guest house overlooking the Columbia River in Underwood, Washington.
  • One (1) winner will receive a Patagonia Black Hole® Duffel 70L. ARV is $199

TOTAL ARV is $1,099

Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. Taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. Any and all guarantees and warranties for merchandise prizes are subject to the manufacturer’s and/or service providers terms and conditions, and winners agree to look solely to such manufacturers and/or service providers for any warranty or guarantee claim. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitution or cash equivalent is allowed. ELPC reserves the right to substitute prizes of the same approximate retail value. Prizes will be fulfilled ten months after the drawing.


Prizes will be awarded in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received. Drawing will be conducted in accordance with these Official Rules. ELPC’s decisions on all matters related to the sweepstakes are binding and final. Winner will be notified by e-mail at the e-mail address provided by Friday, January 5, 2024, and will be required to respond within ten days, or the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be chosen. The winner will be posted on ELPC’s website at from January 5, 2024 to March 31, 2024.


By entering, participant agrees to accept and abide by the rules of this sweepstakes and agrees that any dispute with regard to the conduct of this sweepstakes, rule interpretation, or award of prize shall be submitted to ELPC, whose decision shall be binding and final. By participating, participant agrees to release and hold harmless ELPC and its affiliates and its and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives as well as any person or entity that donates to ELPC any prize awarded pursuant to this sweepstakes from any injury, loss or damage to person, including death, or property due in-whole or in-part, directly or indirectly, to the acceptance or use/misuse of a prize, participation in any sweepstakes-related activity, or participation in the sweepstakes.

ELPC is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of these Official Rules, administration of the sweepstakes or in the announcement of prizes, including erroneous appearance of qualification for a prize, and under no circumstances will more than the stated number of prizes be awarded. If for any reason ELPC is prevented from continuing with this sweepstakes, or the integrity and/or feasibility of the sweepstakes is severely undermined by any event including fire, flood, explosion, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, or any federal, state or local government law, order or regulation, order of any court or jurisdiction, ELPC shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to abbreviate, modify, suspend, cancel or terminate the sweepstakes without further obligation. If ELPC in its discretion elects to so abbreviate the sweepstakes, ELPC reserves the right, but not the obligation, to award the prize from among all eligible entries received to date. All entries are the property of ELPC and are not returnable.

This promotion is intended for viewing in the United States only and shall be construed and evaluated only according to United States law. Do not enter this promotion if you are not located in the United States. The use of any automated devices in connection with this promotion is prohibited. ELPC assumes no responsibility for computer system, hardware, software or program malfunctions or other errors, failures, delayed computer transactions or network connections, whether human, technical or otherwise in nature. ELPC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this promotion should virus, bugs or other causes beyond its control corrupt the administration, security or proper play of this promotion. ELPC is not responsible for any injury or damage to any person’s computer or related equipment resulting from or relating to participation in this promotion or downloading any material related to this promotion. Entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. In the event of a dispute, the potential winner may be required to provide proof that he or she is the authorized holder of the identified e-mail account.


Except where prohibited, each participant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this sweepstakes or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by state or federal courts situated in Chicago, IL, (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) no punitive, incidental, special, consequential or other damages, including without limitation, lost profits, may be awarded (collectively, “Special Damages”), and (4) entrant hereby waives all rights to claim Special Damages and all rights to have such damages multiplied or increased. Illinois law, without reference to choice of law rules, governs the sweepstakes and all aspects related thereto.


Sponsored by the Environmental Law & Policy Center of the Midwest, 35 East Wacker, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60601.


Void where prohibited. Open only to legal residents of 50 US (inc. D.C.; excludes NY & FL), 21+. Ends December 29, 2023 at 11:59p.m. CST.


Contact ELPC’s Chief Development Officer

MaryFrances OConnor

Mary Frances O’Connor
[email protected]