Yesterday, Desert Academy held their house raffle drawing event in Albuquerque, New Mexico at American Home Furniture store.  Tom Joles, the evening news Co-anchor from KOB-TV drew the 11 winning tickets. Over 260 people attended the live event, and Santa was there too.

Desert Academy also did a food drive for the Folks through Roadrunner Food Bank, and food for the Pets at Watermelon Mountain Ranch Animal Center at the event, and people generously contributed to this.

The grand prize winner was Emily Jaramillo from Albuquerque. Emily purchased 10 tickets. She works as a firefighter paramedic with the Albuquerque Fire Department. Now Emily gets to choose the prize home or $100,000.00 cash.

I worked with Desert Academy as a consultant on this raffle, and today I’m exhausted. However, it was great to see the turnout for the event, and the many people who purchased tickets. Fourteen tickets were drawn in total–11 to cover the grand prize and 10 for the extra prizes, plus another 4 runner-up tickets. In the event that one or more winners are disqualified because they are under age, for example, or they happen to be an employee of the nonprofit then everyone would move up one notch. The rules for the raffle explain who cannot participate.

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To your success!!

Diane Giraudo-McDermott

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