It's the time of year for Chattahoochee Technical College supporters to open their wallets for a good cause.
Tickets and sponsorships are now available for the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation's popular Reverse Raffle 2018 fundraiser, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in Building D on CTC's North Metro campus at 5198 Ross Road in Acworth.
“We only have 300 tickets available for this popular event, and they will go fast,” said Stephanie Hubbell, director for alumni and annual giving. “We are expecting a sellout. With a new theme this year and fun entertainment, word is traveling fast, and tickets are starting to sell."
The nonprofit's "largest and only special-event fundraiser" offers guests the opportunity to treat themselves to an entertaining night out while also raising money for emergency grants and scholarships to help struggling CTC students complete their programs of study, Hubbell said.
"People enjoy coming together for a fun evening, where the odds are pretty good at winning some big bucks while also supporting a valuable cause," she said. "So many of our students have life throw them a curve, and they have to choose between providing for their family or finishing their classes. This is where the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation plays an important role. Through the generous support of our donors and fundraising activities, like the Reverse Raffle, we are able to help alleviate the financial obstacles for our students, allowing them to successfully finish their program of study."
The annual event has "continued to grow since returning [in 2016] from its six-year break," Hubbell said, noting last year's raffle raised $36,887.
"We were thrilled with the amount raised in 2017," she said. "Last year was a record-breaking year, and we netted $30,000. This year, our goal is to net $35,000."
In 2017, the foundation also issued a "record amount" of $104,769 in scholarship funds and $7,355 in emergency funds to Chattahoochee Tech students, Hubbell added.
Reverse Raffle tickets are $100 each and include admission and dinner for two and a chance for the $5,000 grand prize. Tickets will be on sale until all 300 are sold.
Unlike a usual raffle, the Reverse Raffle's grand-prize winner is the purchaser of the last ticket drawn.
At the end of the evening, the final five ticket holders will be asked to come forward and will have the chance to decide whether to continue with the raffle or split the grand prize five ways. If one person doesn't want to split it, the raffle will continue, and tickets will be drawn one at a time until the holders decide to share it or all but the final ticket holder have been eliminated.
Last year, the final five decided with "no debate" to split the prize money five ways and each take home $1,000, according to Charity Hill of Woodstock, one of the winners.
Guests also can bid on a number of silent-auction items, including a Fitbit Versa Special Edition Smart Watch, suite tickets to a Kennesaw State University football game, a three-month pass to Northwest Family YMCA, admission passes to the Booth Western Art Museum, a Georgia-crafted gift basket, a condo stay in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, jewelry items, a mattress and pillow set, clothing items from Agnus Dei Clothing and a gift basket from Olive Tree and Vine in Cartersville.
Emceed by local photographer Louis Tonsmeire, the program also will feature door prizes, entertainment by former 96 Rock deejay Mark McCain and a 50/50 raffle, where the winner will split the pot of money collected with the foundation.
Sponsorships are still available at the $3,500, $2,500 and $1,500 levels, and donations for the silent auction and door prizes also are being "gladly accepted," Hubbell said.
To purchase tickets, secure a sponsorship or receive more information, visit www.ChattahoocheeTech.edu/ReverseRaffle or call 770-528-3970.