Monday, 16 April 2018 08:02

RSHS Athletic Department's "reverse raffle" set for Saturday; tickets still available

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RSHS' fourth annual reverse raffle will be Saturday, April 21, at 6 p.m. in the school's cafeteria. Tickets are still available. RSHS' fourth annual reverse raffle will be Saturday, April 21, at 6 p.m. in the school's cafeteria. Tickets are still available. Photo courtesy of Jimmy McDonald.

ROCKINGHAM – For the fourth straight year since Ricky Young became Richmond Senior High School’s athletic director and head baseball coach, the RSHS Athletic Department will host its annual “reverse raffle” fundraiser.

Set to be held on Saturday, April 21, at 6 p.m. in Richmond’s cafeteria, the fourth annual event is something Young started after having previous success with it when he was the athletic director at West Columbus High School. 

“We use the proceeds of the event to pay our mileage bill for the county,” Young explained in an exclusive interview with the ROSports team. “Every time a Richmond team rolls in an activity bus, that’s $2 a mile that we have to pay. This is a way that we can offset that travel bill.

“It’s a casual event that’s meant for people to have a good time and socialize,” Young continued. “And it gives them the opportunity to support Richmond athletics.”

Tickets for Saturday’s fundraiser are still available for purchase, as Young explained there are just 300 total tickets for sale. Each ticket costs $100, and gets RSHS athletics supporters two steak dinners and entry into the reverse raffle. The dinners consist of steak, a baked potato and salad, along with a variety of beverage choices. Local volunteers will prepare the food, and Richmond’s culinary arts students will help out as servers during the fundraiser.

A total of 300 ping pong balls will be dropped into a raffle ball basket and dozens of chances to win will take place over the course of the night. Young explained that the last ball left in the hopper is the grand prize winner, and the owner of every third ball drawn will win a door prize provided for by a local business or sponsor. Also, every 15th ball drawn gives a $50 cash prize back to the winner.

“The grade prize is $7,500,” Young noted. “And second place wins $1,500.”

“Local businesses have been very helpful throughout the years with donating door prizes and advertising the event,” Young said. “We’re very thankful that they support us in doing that. It’s a team effort – there’re a lot of people selling tickets, donating prizes, cooking and serving. It takes a lot of people to make it run.”

Attendees can expect a smooth-sailing event, as Young explained the first hour is allotted for dinner and socialization. Afterward, once the fundraiser reaches the raffle portion, “it moves pretty quickly.”

“The main point of it is to be a fundraiser,” Young said. “It’s worked really well (in the past) and it’s an event people can enjoy. Most people buy a ticket to support our program, and we really appreciate the help from the community. It’s become a popular event, and people seem to enjoy the excitement of the raffle. This is very positive for our school and athletics program.”

Young explained specific financials, but expressed that the athletic department hopes to earn about $15,000 in proceeds to fund the mileage bill for this school year. Portions of the grand total collected from all ticket sales go toward the expenses of food and prize money (which $10,000 is doled out to all combined winning tickets).

“The money raised goes into the booster club,” Young noted. “And then the booster club turns it around and contributes the money to us to at the end of the year to offset our travel bill – that travel bill is a monster. That’s why we put this into place. Without the raffle, we’d have to cut down travel for all of our athletic teams.”

When asked what the current status of Richmond’s athletic program, Young expressed that it was “in good shape” and said he hopes to continue to grow the raffle program year after year. He also said that a silent auction is a possibility in the future to help the athletic program expand its reaches into the community.

“The more years we do this, the more likely people will want to contribute,” said Young.

For any individual or local business wanting to donate or advertise for the event, time still remains. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Young at the high school at 910-997-9812. For tickets, the main school office, Young or any of the current high school coaches can be contacted.

Last modified on Monday, 16 April 2018 08:09
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