HUMBOLDT — As part of a new fundraiser by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Humboldt and Area, residents can purchase raffle tickets for a chance at winning up to 200 bottles of wine.
With each $25 ticket, BBBS of Humboldt purchases and sets aside one bottle of wine worth $15, with the other $10 serving as a donation. The first place winner of the raffle, the last ticket picked, will receive 40 per cent of the bottles purchased.
At the maximum number of tickets sold, 500, this will equal 200 bottles of wine valued at $15.
“I think they might share with friends and family – we can only hope,” said Jodie Hergott, development co-ordinator with BBBS of Humboldt, adding that they can also be used as gifts.
“They’ll be set for quite a while. They’ll have Halloween covered, and Christmas, and probably Valentine’s Day. Maybe they’ll even make it to St. Patrick’s Day.”
Ticket sales officially end Oct. 16, with elimination draws beginning on Oct. 19.
So far, Hergott said they’ve been getting a good response from the community
“Some of our volunteers have taken [it] amongst themselves as a challenge to sell it out – and we just might get there. Tickets are selling really well.”
The elimination will be broadcast over Facebook Live over the rest of the month, with the last five eliminations taking place on Oct. 30.
Those last five tickets will each win a portion of the wine that has accumulated through sales.
Second place will get 30 per cent, third will take 15 per cent, forth will take 10 per cent, and fifth will take home five per cent.
Tickets can be purchased at the Bella Vista Inn, by messaging the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Humboldt and Area Facebook page, or by going to the Big Brothers Big Sisters office on Sixth Avenue.
“We actually discussed doing it before the pandemic hit, but we waited,” Hergott said.
“Before COVID hit we would have had people bring us the $15 wine, but we are taking precautions and we are picking up the bottle of wine for them.”
If every ticket is sold, the organization will raise $5,000 from this fundraiser.
Residents must be 19 or older to participate.