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It is time to mention yet another wonderful raffle hosted by @raffleready. The DSC Frontline Foundation is raffling off a once in a lifetime Dangerous Game Safari!
The mission of the DSC Frontline Foundation is to provide financial relief to professional hunters and their assistants, trackers and skinners who are killed or seriously injured in the course of providing professional hunting services. The individuals we seek to help are often on the frontline of hunts and therefore exposed to the dangers inherent in hunting. These same individuals are unlikely to have adequate, or any, health insurance. They are unlikely to have life insurance or disability coverage. As a result, a serious injury has the potential to be even more devastating to these folks than to most of the rest of us. The death of a primary breadwinner could have equally dire consequences for most of the people we seek to help.
The DSC Frontline Foundation recognizes that for many hunters the quality of the adventure is due in large part to the quality and experience of the guide or outfitter. This is particularly true in the case of international hunting adventures and big game trips. It is critical to have guides and outfitters (and assistants) who have experience, and gaining that experience often involves working under harsh and dangerous conditions. With experience comes increased risk of serious injury or death.
In order to provide some relief for injuries or some compensation for the survivors of those who are killed, and to help insure that those who are injured can return to professional hunting the Foundation desires to establish a fund from which distributions to qualified individuals can be made.
Safari Specialty Importers, together with Comre Safaris, Travel Express, Trophy Solutions Africa, Spherical Freight and True-Life Taxidermy, are pleased to present this truly one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive 7-day dangerous game hunt for one hunter for Cape buffalo in South Africa. Included are a round-trip airline ticket for one person on South African Air from Washington DC or New York gateway to Port Elizabeth, SA donated by Travel Express; trophy fee for 1x Cape buffalo, private en-suite chalet accommodations, daily maid/laundry service, meals, local wines/beers, beverages, 1×1 professional guide, trackers, skinners, field dressing and round-trip transportation from East London Airport to the lodge all donated by Comre Safaris; collection of trophies, disinfection, processing, permitting, packing & crating, administration and inland cartage to Johannesburg donated by Trophy Solutions Africa; USA clearance and transportation to taxidermist in the USA donated by Safari Specialty Importers; trophy freight charges from South Africa to USA donated by Spherical Freight; and taxidermy services for 1x Cape buffalo shoulder mount donated by True-Life Taxidermy. This hunt is available March through November, 2016 only and may be upgraded to include additional species at current rates. Additional hunters are welcome at $450/day; non-hunters are welcome at $220/day. Transportation during the hunt is mostly by spot & stalk. Method of take is rifle .375 or higher. Amounts paid for raffle tickets are not deductible under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Please consult your tax adviser with any questions.
This raffle is only going until the end of the year, so get your tickets now! https://dscff.raffleready.com/dangerous-game-safari-raffle
Another great raffle here at @raffleready! The Cattery of Corpus Christi is raffling of a 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium to help them raise funds to add an additional mobile spay/neuter clinic to reach even more people and pets!
The Cattery began in early 2007 as a dream discussed over dinner. Several exhausting months later, the dream blossomed into reality. We had an amazing first year, with over 100 adoptions and a lot of support from the community in the form of volunteers (over 100!), donations, print and media coverage, boutique sales, a full boarding area, and successful fundraisers.
However at the end of 2008, we realized that it was unrealistic in this economy to continue paying the rent we were being charged for our location. Supporters wanted to buy us a building but unfortunately we did not find one in time for a seamless transition. The kitties were kept safe in a building on a supporters land outside of the city limits and were taken to Petsmart Saturday – Wednesday for adoption, while looking for a new suitable home for our feline friends. While it seemed like a bad start to the year, the number of adoptions doubled and we ended 2009 with 231 adoptions! We found a new home for the kitties in April and by August the kitties were all moved in and settled into their new shelter.
Things continue to go well with donations up and the building of new quarantine and isolation buildings. We are able to continue our work for the cats and kittens of Corpus Christi because of generous sponsors and supporters!
The Cattery offers an alternative to traditional animal shelters in providing a no-kill, cage-free haven for homeless, abused, or abandoned cats. From there, we seek permanent, loving homes for these animals. In addition, our organization promotes public awareness regarding the value of animals and their welfare, the dangers of pet overpopulation, and the benefit of quality human-animal companionship.
Dont miss out! Click here to purchase your tickets today!
In 2013, after their teammates Mike Duskin and Riley Stephens were killed in action in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, active duty Green Berets Chad and Dan struggled with the best way to honor the memory and support the families of their fallen brothers. What started as a plan to buy a keg, grill hamburgers and hotdogs and tell stories about Duskin and Stephens to their families, bolstered into a highly organized event, attended by over 1,000 people and raising more than $84,000. In just two years, Chad and Dan have grown one event into the Duskin and Stephens Foundation, a non-profit organization with multiple annual events that support the families of fallen members of Special Operations Forces and the educational needs of children of Special Operations Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. Through its events, the Duskin and Stephens Foundation also aims to aid in the emotional healing process of Wounded Warriors and the families of fallen heroes and foster relations between the military and civilian communities.
John Wayne Walding spent 12 years in the U. S. Army with seven of those years being in 3rd Special Forces Group, the same as Chad and Dan. He was also close friends with Riley Stephens. In 2008, during the battle of Shok Valley, Walding was shot in his right leg resulting in a below the knee amputation. Post injury, he attended Special Forces Sniper School and upon graduation became the first amputee to ever become a Green Beret sniper. But, after his amputation, Walding struggled with the direction of his future. He focused his efforts on something he loved, guns. Walding learned the art of handcrafting rifles. He settled with his family in Dallas and engrossed himself in making the most precise rifles on the market. Eventually, he founded 5 Toes Custom, with the premise that he would not only support his family by doing something that he loved and building a high quality product that he believed in; but also help combat-wounded veterans find their new normal and give back to military focused charities.
A member of the Board of Directors of the Duskin and Stephens Foundation also lives in Dallas and stumbled upon 5 Toes Custom. Realizing that Walding was friends with Mike Riley and knew Chad and Dan, he wanted to figure out a way they could all work together to benefit their respective charities. Together, they came up with a plan to build a custom gun for the Duskin and Stephens Foundation. It was decided between the four men that they would take the rifle to various locations throughout the country. This would allow them to interact with local communities across the nation, showcasing the craftsmanship of 5 Toes Custom and sharing the legacy of Mike Duskin, Riley Stephens and other fallen heroes.
The .308 Bolt Action Rifle with a carbon fiber barrel and Leupold Mark 8 scope debuted at this year’s Duskin and Stephens Foundation Beef and Beer Fundraiser in Pinehurst, NC on May 21st. It will now travel the country, making stops in various cities and towns, throughout the summer and early fall. You can enter the drawing by making a minimum donation of $50 to the Duskin and Stephens Foundation (see official rules for free method of entry). The grand prize includes the 5 Toes Custom Rifle, case, a custom rifle rack, roundtrip airfare to Dallas, TX, hotel accommodations and a private shooting lesson with John Wayne Walding.
CLICK HERE to be a part of this remarkable foundation! Buy a ticket today!
A huge part of running a successful raffle is finding the right ticket prices. Your tickets must be cheap enough to attract a lot of buyers, but at the same time they need to cost enough for your organization to raise a lot of money. A third factor is the value of the prizes. One more thing to factor in is your target donor base’s financial situation. All of these things should be factored in when you are deciding on ticket prices. Your ultimate goal should be to reach to ticket sales goal that your organization has set.
When you start a raffle for your organization, your first instinct will probably be to offer tickets for a high price (say $50) so that if you sell the number of tickets you want to sell (say 1,000) you will end up with a lot of money ($50,000). The flaw with that is that it is very difficult to find 1,000 people who want to spend $50 each on a raffle ticket for a prize they don’t really want and/or an organization they don’t have much of a connection with. Now if your organization is raffling off a car or a house convincing people to buy tickets won’t be much of an issue. However, trying to convince people to spend $50 to potentially win a $250 gift card is not likely to be very successful.
The financial situations of your target donors are very important to factor in. If you are targeting corporate sponsors and major philanthropists you should be able to charge $50 a ticket and have a ticket package for 50 tickets for $1,000. The exact numbers aren’t important but my point is that if you have donors with very deep pockets you can get away with charging a lot and still sell plenty of tickets. However, if you are targeting individuals or families that don’t have those kinds of resources your prices and expectations will need to be much lower.
To sum it all up, deciding on the right ticket price for your raffle comes down to figuring out how much value your tickets actually have based on both the prizes that are being offered and how much people are willing to pay for them. You need to decide whether a higher price will deter too many people from buying and if a lower price will keep you from meeting your goals in terms of money raised. Finding the perfect balance between too high and too low should be your goal.