The Chattahoochee Tech Foundation has made tickets and sponsorships available for its largest annual fundraising event, the $5,000 Reverse Raffle, which is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Building D on Chattahoochee Technical College’s North Metro campus at 5198 Ross Road in Acworth.
“This event is a great opportunity for community members to enjoy themselves, network and support an excellent cause,” Director of Alumni and Annual Giving Stephanie Hubbell said. “We are always looking for new ways to engage with our community and to raise money to help our students and the college.”
Proceeds from the evening will be used primarily to provide scholarships and grants for students and to support program or facility needs at the college, said Hubbell, who is expecting 200 people to attend this year.
Last year’s raffle, which was back by popular demand after a six-year hiatus, raised $24,097 for the foundation and was a “true success,” according to Hubbell.
“The outpouring of support goes to show that people in our communities believe in both our students and the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation,” she said, noting this year’s goal is $30,000. “This fundraiser is important because of the demand. We took a six-year break, but the demand was so great that we had to bring the event back. People love to come out for the raffle, and they truly care about our students.”
Unlike a typical raffle, the Reverse Raffle’s grand-prize winner is the purchaser of the last ticket drawn.
At the end of the event, the final five ticket holders will be asked to come forward and will have the opportunity to decide whether to continue with the raffle or split the grand prize five ways. If one person does not want to split the prize, the raffle will continue and another ticket will be drawn.
Last year, Jamey Hulsey of Kennesaw split the $5,000 prize with two other ticket holders and said in a Daily Tribune News article that winning was “unbelievable, mainly due to never having the luck to win anything in the past.”
“I’m not big on taking chances between knowing you could win something versus winning nothing,” he said, noting he gave half of his prize money to his date for the evening, his daughter, Adeline.
Tickets to this year’s raffle are $100 each; include admission for two, two dinners and a chance at the $5,000 grand prize; and must be purchased by noon Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Sponsorships also are available, starting at $1,500, and include eight raffle tickets, a private table with eight seats and many other sponsor benefits before and during the event.
The evening also will include a small silent auction that will feature various higher-valued items on which attendees may bid and a 50/50 raffle, where the winner will split the pot of money collected with the foundation.
And door prizes will be awarded throughout the event.
“Winners will be selected by a chosen increment determined at the beginning of the event; for example, the 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, etc. ticket drawn could be the winner of the door prize,” Hubbell said, noting ticket holders must be present to win. “When we start the reverse raffle and pull the numbers, we will choose a set increment.”
During fiscal year 2018, the foundation awarded $80,650 in scholarship funds, issued $10,227 in emergency tuition grants and provided $1,500 in emergency assistance grants to students facing financial issues that were prohibiting them from completing their studies.
For more information on the raffle, visit www.ChattahoocheeTech.edu/ReverseRaffle.