Our first holiday raffle was a big success! We raised $2,500 to support local charities and had a great time in the process.
The primary goal of the holiday raffle was to create a new fundraising event to complement what we raise through our annual golf tournament. The fundraising committee was interested in starting with something we could act on fairly quickly, with low overhead, as we explore other creative fundraising ideas that might take more time to develop.
Members sold raffle tickets that offered chances to win packages of gift certificates to local restaurants, or possibly the grand prize of $1,000 cash. One lucky winner would have a chance to put a nice dent in their Christmas expenses! The raffle was held in conjunction with our annual holiday luncheon. Buying a raffle ticket also covered one's lunch, so we were pleased to have many guests for the festive holiday meeting.
While many of the tickets were purchased by club members,  in a clear indication the raffle was "fair to all concerned", the grand prize went to one of Rotarian Andy Eick's colleagues. Just to make it clear things were on the up and up, the winning tickets were pulled by the Reverend Rich Clancy, who joined Mike Martini as a guest for the lunch.
Not to worry, some club members managed to win some prizes. Jim Major and Danny Walbourne won the gift certificate packages. As you can see from the photo, Danny was excited!
The holiday raffle was coordinated by a committee chaired by David Crowley, that also included Jack Ryan, Janna Mazza, Danny Wahlbourne, Susan Hartmere, Jim Major and President Dan Lannan.