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PURRE presents grand prize Italy trip to winner

By Staff | May 19, 2009

Karen Aulino, the PURRE Water Coalition board member who nearly won the raffle for the trip to Italy at PURRE’s Evening in Italy event April 19 at The Sanctuary, graciously presented the prize to winner Bob Dratler in front of PURRE’s new office on Sanibel last week.

The trip included airfare for two and a seven-night stay in a unique apartment appointed with artifacts and antiques along with modern luxuries in the Umbrian hillside between Florence and Rome. The trip was raffled off in drawings throughout the evening in a fun “reverse” style.

During a reverse raffle, there are drawings throughout the night and the people whose names are chosen are not winners – instead, they are eliminated and must buy tickets to get back into the raffle. This method helps the fun last all evening, is interactive, and can maximize fundraising opportunities – and chances to win. The price of tickets increases as the raffle progresses because each time, fewer tickets are left in the raffle – increasing the odds.

For the final round, just two tickets remained – Karen’s and Bob’s. At this point, auctioneer Marty Harrity had the job of auctioning off just one additional raffle ticket for a 1-in-3 chance of winning. Bob paid $1,500 for that ticket, giving him two tickets against Karen’s one. The winning ticket would be drawn by PURRE Vice Chair Maureen Valiquette

The crowd was loud as the ticket was drawn and Bob’s bet paid off. He won the trip, valued at $6,250.

The reverse raffle alone raised approximately $10,000 of the $40,000 raised during the event through ticket sales, sponsorships, silent and live auctions, and sales of Maureen Valiquette’s Italian family cookbook.

PURRE is getting busy with plans for next year’s Evening in Italy at the Sanctuary and will be setting the date soon.

The PURRE Water Coalition is committed to improving the health and quality of the rivers and estuaries in South Florida. Its members include businesses, organizations and individuals. Its staff communicates with government officials about water quality and pollution, promotes projects to move water south from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades, advocates for a statewide fertilizer ordinance that will reduce the levels of nitrogen and phosphorus in our waters, works to pass legislation that will control and mitigate the effect of harmful algae blooms, and increases public awareness of water quality problems to help create and promote solutions.

Visit PURRE’s Web site at www.purre.org for more information.