Originally Published: March 1, 2014 6 a.m.
Parents, athletes, and local sports enthusiasts have probably noticed a Toyota Camry LE at a number of sporting events throughout the quad-city area.
Those who purchased a raffle ticket at those events, or at other locations, might find themselves the owner of that new Camry.
Raffle tickets - available for $20 at local sporting events, at Tim's Auto Group dealerships, and elsewhere - benefit the Prescott High School Badgers, the Chino Valley Cougars, the Mayer Wildcats and the Bradshaw Mountain High School Bears. Service clubs, site committees and high school sports teams are currently selling the tickets.
The various organizations keep 100 percent of the sales of those raffle tickets, and the money will be used for a variety of purposes, including field improvements, scholarships and new equipment for sports teams. High school service groups selling raffle tickets will use the money to help pay for academic competitions, to help locals families in need, and support area community projects. Site committees involved in the tickets sales will use the money raised for facilities improvements, organizers said.
The winner of the raffle, to be drawn and announced Saturday, April 19, at 2 p.m. during the Quad-City School District Celebration, not only takes home the Camry LE, but wins a three-year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, and a five-year, 50,000-mile drivetrain warranty as well - with a total value estimated at just over $21,000. Cost does not include tax, title and registration fees. Tickets are available to anyone over 18 years old, and winners don't need to be present to win. The raffle tickets will be sold until Friday, April 18.
"It's a project that was started with the baseball boosters three years ago. It started simply as the booster club, the parents, selling raffle tickets for a used car to raise money for the baseball program," said Prescott High School athletics director Mark Goligoski.
At that time, the tickets benefited all the sports programs in the Prescott Unified School District, as well as area clubs, Goligoski said.
"Tim's (Auto Group) allowed all those groups to take 100 percent of the proceeds from each ticket sale and, in return, Tim's used that opportunity to set up an endowment, not only from that, but also from November to Remember, where they gave around $100 from each of their car sales back to the pot. We raised $20,000 and we set up an endowment through the Prescott Education Foundation that we'll be able to use to fund various projects throughout the district. It went way beyond just supporting athletics or supporting a baseball team," Goligoski said.
This year, the car raffle evolved to include other school districts and clubs as well.
"As a locally owned business, we take great pride in our community and our local high schools," said Ali Hussain, general manager of Tim's Auto Group. "Tim's Auto Group is proud to be associated with these amazing local high schools, as each has worthy goals they are striving to accomplish with their fundraising efforts."
For more information on the raffle, visit www.phsbaseball.net.
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