Archive for May, 2009

Raffle for a Cause

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Raffles are used all of the time for great benefits.  I want to be sure that we highlight some of the ways this excellent fundraiser is helping out our communities.  

The Belleview News Democrat reports that a raffle is being held to help serve the Hoyelton Children’s Home Foundation.  The money raised will benefit the home and the children and families the home serves.  

Winners of the raffle will receive a new 49cc Vroom! scooter.  They are raffling off tickets at $10 for two or $20 for five.  The winner will be announced at a local baseball game, and you do not have to be present to win.  

From the article:

Hoyleton Youth and Family Services provides programs that reach out to children and families who need assistance in building and maintaining an emotionally healthy lifestyle. The foundation provides adoption services, community integrated living arrangements for adults with developmental disabilities, counseling for children struggling with parental separation or divorce, an independent living program for Department of Children and Family Services wards who age out of the system and trying to live on their own, training and counseling for young mothers and a runaway and homeless youth program.

Raffles like this one are being held all the time, and are an excellent way to raise money for your cause.  If you haven’t considered using a raffle before, now is the time.  Let make the process simple for you by purchasing your raffle tickets from our site.  

Can Man Live On Raffles Alone?

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

While browsing through Hulu one night a few months ago, I came across a TV show that asks the above question.  Can a man live purely on raffles or sweepstakes?  Can he survive if everything else is taken away from him, and he has to live on mere chance or luck.

 A crazy, yet hilarious Japanese show called Denpa Shonen let the viewers play out this question right before their eyes.  You get to watch as Japanese comedian Nasubi lives his life out in front of the camera.  For months he lives without clothing and scarce food.  Every time the door knocks and he wins a prize through a raffle, he goes nuts with celebration.  

Nasubi stays busy all day filling out post cards and writing into sweepstakes he finds in magazines provided to him by the show’s producers.  With enough entries into drawings, he may just possibly survive.  Check out the first episode below.

Winning a Raffle

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

There aren’t many better feelings than winning a raffle.  Some people seem to be luckier than others in this category, but if you are on the winning side, it’s a great feeling.  Ask anyone who has ever played even a scratch of lottery ticket.  If you win something, you do a little jig and are grinning from ear to ear.  This last week, I won a raffle that was worth over $300.  Let me set the scene.

If you didn’t know, Chick-fil-A restaurants have huge celebrations for their grand openings.  The first 100 people in line win free Chick-fil-A for a year.  Translated, you get 52 combo meal coupons, which adds up to over $300.  The first time I learned about this was when our community had a Chick-fil-A move in almost 3 years ago now.  I saw the balloons and blown up cow that day, and after inquiring, I had packed a bag to camp out over night and win some free chicken!  3 years ago, it was easy to make it in this line, but with increased saturation in our area, you have to camp out earlier and earlier. 

So, when a Chick-fil-A opened in Mason, OH last week, we went to camp out 2 whole nights before the store opened!!!  There was a woman there who gave out stickers to everyone who showed up early, but it was an unofficial counting.  When the official employees showed up 24 hours before the store opening, there were over 200 people there waiting in line!  After some deliberation, the Chick-fil-A employee stated that everyone was going to get a raffle ticket, despite if you had been there earlier than others.  For my 13 friends and I, we were completely disheartened because we were all in the first 100.  

So, everyone got a red raffle ticket.  The stub went into a container and they started drawing.  Normally in these situations, I resolve in my mind that I am not going to win so as not to get my hopes up.  Just when this process was completing in my head, my ticket number was called at #34.  Woo hoo!  Just as I said, I did a little jig and went to register for my free chicken.  

Do you have a similar story?  Have you ever won a raffle?  Tell us about it.