Win a New Mexico Home


About a month ago, I started working with Desert Academy, a nonprofit school looking to raise scholarship money for families in need of financial aid. This is a great school here in New Mexico for students grades 7-12, an International Baccalaureate World School. Desert Academy chose their prize home  in Albuquerque, near Old Town. Much preparation was done for the opening event on May 1st, but to every one’s surprise, it was snowing with  50 mile an hour winds that day. Yikes!

 Despite the weather, several hundred people showed up to see the beautiful prize home and buy tickets. What did this nonprofit do right?  They created some buzz: They advertised the event, they gave away doorprizes every hour (donated by local businesses), they had a group of business sponsors, they distributed fliers throughout the city, their signs were plentiful, highly visible, and carried the right message, visitors got a Boars Head hot dog and drink just for showing up, Orbit the mascot from a local baseball team, the Isotopes, was there to meet and greet people, and, lastly, this nonprofit  chose a great prize home. 

I think they’ll do well. If you would like to learn more about this particular house raffle, visit http://www.winanewmexicohome.com/

To their success!
Diane Giraudo-McDermott

Desert Academy's Prize Home

Prize Home Kitchen

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