United Way of Lake County has launched the first of a three-part virtual raffle to raise donations in lieu of its biggest annual fundraiser.
Typically, the nonprofit’s “Celebrity Server” event is held annually in March, but this is the third year in a row that the organization has been unable to hold the St. Patrick’s Day themed event due to the pandemic.
“We are planning our events well in advance and COVID-19 was still ripe at this point, so we were forced to make the hard call to replace it once again,” said the Director of Marketing and Communications. UWLC communications, Tami Lewis.
“The good news is that our virtual raffles are very popular,” she added. “We get a lot of comments about the quality and the fun everyone has in participating. It’s a simple way for people to give back and make an impact.
All proceeds raised stay local and will benefit children, families and seniors in need in Lake County.
Some of the raffle items include an Apple iPad Air, $250 Amazon.com gift card, Ohio Lottery ticket trees, outdoor hot plate, Huffy bike, vineyard getaway packages, tickets to the Cleveland Guardians, designer handbags and more.
The next draws will take place May 10-16 and May 17-25, and winners will be selected the day after each one ends.
Links for these raffles will be available on their start dates at www.uwlc.org/raffle22.
The second part of the fundraiser includes a “Community Hijinx Hero” fundraiser in which local supporters raise funds by performing a variety of “hijinx” in exchange for donations from friends, family members and colleagues.
The hijinx runs until May 26.
UWLC board member Maria Kula’s plan includes a five-mile run on U.S. Route 20 to Mentor dressed in a bright pink flamingo costume.
Anyone wishing to support can donate to go.rallyup.com/hero2022/m/maria.
Other event activities include making homemade baked goods, hosting cocktail parties and more.
Additionally, Wickliffe School District Superintendent Joe Spiccia and Director of Strategic Innovation Julie Ramos will raise donations by selling tickets for “Magical Musical Mystery Tour,” an immersive surround sound program to be held 7-9 p.m. at Wickliffe High School on June 2.
The program will include the rock-n-roll sounds of the 60s and 70s, featuring The Beatles, The Animals, ZZ Top and more.
For tickets, visit go.rallyup.com/hero2022/m/juliejoe.