CASA GRANDE — By raffling off a brand new 2021 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss truck, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Corridor hopes to raise at least $120,000 to fund its programs.
Tickets for a chance to win the truck are $100 each. Only 1,400 tickets will be sold.
“The money raised through this fundraiser stays right here in Pinal County,” said Jarrett Croft, director of development for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Corridor. “100% of the proceeds goes to the club.”
The truck raffle replaces some of the in-person fundraisers the organization has hosted over the years.
While the raffle can raise as much as $140,000, Croft said organizers hope to reach at least $120,000.
In March of 2020, the Boys & Girls Clubs organization was set to debut a new fundraiser, Dancing with Our Stars, a competitive dance-based event styled after the popular “Dancing with the Stars” television program.
The event was postponed until April of 2022 due to COVID-19.
The organization’s popular Bunko game night fundraiser has also been postponed as a result of the pandemic.
“The truck raffle is exciting,” Croft said. “The truck is the biggest item we’ve ever raffled off. We did a motorcycle one but never a truck or a car.”
Last year, amid COVID-19, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Corridor hosted an online silent auction, offering dozens of items such as computers, handbags, vacations, golf packages and other items. The online auction will run again later this year.
The truck raffle fundraiser was made possible by Jack and Vicki Stonebraker and Garrett Motors.
“The Stonebrakers donated the money for us to purchase the truck,” Croft said. “This vehicle is worth $60,000.”
Matt Lemberg, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Corridor, said the donation was an “incredible gift.”
“They are longtime supporters and they came to us with this idea,” Lemberg said.
Money raised through the raffle will be used to fund Boys & Girls Clubs’ children’s programs.
“By purchasing raffle tickets, you will help ensure that this organization can continue to provide safe places for local youth to learn and grow,” an announcement about the raffle said.
This summer, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Corridor will offer programming at three locations including the Maricopa and Nap Lawrence branch locations as well as at the Len Colla Recreation Center in Casa Grande.
The drawing for the truck will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 31.
Those who purchase a ticket must be at least 21 years old and have a valid driver’s license.
More information is available by texting the word “truck” to 76278 or visiting www.TRUCK.GIVESMART.com.
Donations to the organization may also be made online.
The program runs May 21 through July 20.
Those interested in the summer program may send an email to email@example.com.