Little League cancels raffle of house
The Carson Valley Little League board of directors voted Wednesday night to cancel the organization’s fund-raising raffle, which had offered a grand prize of a new house in Sunridge.
All of the money raised will be returned. The refund process will start with letters being mailed to verify the addresses of ticket buyers. Refund checks will follow in the next few weeks.
Tommy Hoyle, a board member who wanted to continue selling the $35 tickets, said the CVLL sold 3,000 tickets, but needed to sell 4,000 to make the raffle financially successful.
“We appreciate everyone who bought a ticket and all of the businesses that donated prizes,” Hoyle said. “We’ve been working on this thing for 10 months. We probably had 90 to 100 people working on this. It was a big undertaking.”
Hoyle said Carson Valley Little League had deposited more than $90,000 from ticket sales into an escrow account. The group needed to generate about $130,000, he said.
Hoyle isn’t sure how much, if any, interest the account has earned since April, when the group started selling tickets.
“If we earned any money, it’ll probably just about pay for the postage to mail the money back,” said Hoyle, who added that all prizes donated will be returned, too.
The raffle originally was scheduled to be held July 19 during the District I Little League All Star tournaments at Lampe Park. The CVLL board of directors extended the deadline until Sept. 19, but decided to abandon the project rather than offer another extension.
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