As a crowd gathered at 100 Summer Street in downtown Boston on Monday, July 30th for Big Sister’s 24th Annual Raffle Drawing, hopeful last minute buyers had to be turned away. For the second time in the raffle’s history, all 1,750 tickets sold out earlier that morning, raising more than $163,000 to support our mentoring programs and setting a new record for the event.
As the clock struck 1 p.m., Little Sister Faith of Dorchester, 10, accompanied by her Big Sister Sharyn Clemente, pulled lucky ticket #130.
The winner, Jeremy Ragus of Boston was certainly shocked when he received the call from our Vice President of Operations, Alexis Harvey. “You’re kidding!” he exclaimed. By noon on July 31st, he will decide which of the grand prizes he’ll take home.
Little Sister Faith and her Big Sister Sharyn, who enjoy regular trips to the beach, were joined by Big Sister Kelsey Haggett and her Little Sister Armani of Dorchester, who love mini-golfing together. The Little Sisters took turns drawing the tickets for the grand prize and runner up prizes.
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners:
Legal Sea Foods Clambake for Four - Arlene Taylor #08
Henrietta's Table for Four - Janet San Filippo #1275
Huntington Theatre Tickets and Longhorn Dinner - Donald Murphy #1334
Mini Raffle Prizes
$100 gift card to The Capital Grille - Susan Brigham
$100 gift card to The Yardhouse - Kenneth Ahrens
60-Day Community Boating Pass - Kathleen Horigan
We would like to extend a special thanks to our raffle partner, Herb Chambers BMW of Boston who provided the vehicle. Thank you to Equity Office Properties, CB Richard Ellis, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, and SOWA Open Market who allowed us to display the convertible and sell tickets on their premises, as well as the Boston Herald, Zip Car, and the BMW Car Club of America who helped promote the raffle.
We are especially grateful to all the participants who purchased tickets. Your generosity will enable us to put a caring and supportive mentor into the lives of more of Boston’s girls in 2012. We look forward to your continued support in next year’s raffle. Who knows… we could be announcing your name at next year’s drawing!
Little Sister Faith pulls winning ticket #130!
Little Sister Faith and Big Sister Sharyn and
Little Sister Armani and Big Sister Kelsey
Deb Re, Big Sister Chief Executive Officer,
greets the crowd at 100 Summer Street