The Red Deer and District Community Foundation is hoping central Alberta can lend a helping hand.
In the wake of COVID-19, the foundation was forced to reimagine its raffle this year, which is usually held at the intermission of the annual Women of Excellence Gala.
It is holding an online draw this summer, with all proceeds going to the Women and Girls Endowment Fund. To hold the raffle, which is set for Monday, it needs to sell at least 200 tickets and was 40 short of that number Friday.
There are 300 tickets available for the draw, with a ticket costing $50, and there are more than 185 prizes.
Executive director Erin Peden said supporting the Women and Girls Endowment Fund is particularly important this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“All the proceeds from this raffle go to enhancing the quality of life for women and girls in central Alberta,” Peden said.
“Especially this year, when we know that several women and girls were disproportionately affected by COVID-19, in the way of domestic abuse, financial strain due to losing jobs, etc. It is really, really important to raise money this year.”
The grand prize is a Hillberg & Berk Seasonal Jewellery Pack, Servus Credit Union Travel Case and a Via Rail return trip for two to Jasper, valued at $1,200.
Peden said she understands the fundraiser may have flown under the radar this summer, but hopes people can find a way to support such a worthy cause.
“The odds are fantastic, people would be crazy not to (buy a ticket),” she said, adding that some people have offered to donate a raffle prize to someone who could benefit from it, should their ticket be among the winners.
“What we’re seeing is people are using this as an opportunity to pay it forward. It really is fantastic. This community really never ceases to amaze me. It just moves me so much.”
Tickets are available at the foundation office and online