Stephanie Borlik doesn’t consider herself particularly lucky.
“I never win anything,” said Borlik, with a heavy emphasis on never.
That all changed when the Camel Elementary School second-grade high ability teacher was randomly selected from 14,200 donors through United Way of Central Indiana to win two Super Bowl tickets, airfare and hotel. She took her husband, Brian Borlik, with her. The couple left for Minneapolis Feb. 2 and returned Feb. 5, the day after the Super Bowl
“The whole experience was amazing,” said Borlik, who attended her first Super Bowl. “I loved the halftime show. I am a big fan of Justin Timberlake, and he put on a fantastic show. It was amazing to be there in person. The whole atmosphere of the game was fun. We sat by a lot of (Philadelphia) Eagles fans and their passion for their team was contagious.”
An Indianapolis Colts fan, Borlik said she always cheers for anyone who is playing the New England Patriots. So, naturally, she was delighted with the Eagles’ 41-33 victory.
“Our seats were in the lower level by the end zone,” she said. “They were amazing seats.”
The couple took some time for sightseeing.
“We explored St. Paul and Minneapolis,” Borlik said. “We visited the Winter Carnival in St. Paul, toured the James J. Hill mansion in St. Paul. We love historic homes. We visited the Super Bowl Live area along with eating at some fabulous restaurants in the area.”
Borlik made her donation through Carmel Clay Schools as she typically does and increased her donation this time to have Eli Lilly Co. match her donation.
Borlik, who has lived in Carmel for 17 years, has taught in Carmel for 24 years, including 10 at Carmel Elementary.