Super Bowl Raffle
Thousands of fans from around the country (and even beyond our borders in Canada and Europe, too) recently entered Matt Light’s Big Game Raffle for the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Indianapolis, and a V-I-P package that included two tickets to Super Bowl XLVI in February.
While Jeff Jocelyn of Pennsylvania was the lucky winner, Matt and his team at the Light Foundation would like to sincerely thank each and every person who entered the raffle for making it such a great success. The fundraiser raised $272,000 in just one short week – a feat that required the help of Light’s fans, sponsors, friends and supporters from all across the nation who spread the word through every channel imaginable. All the proceeds from the raffle will go a long way toward continuing the foundation’s mission of helping troubled youth develop the skills necessary to be successful leaders in life.
According to Jocelyn, who visited Indy with his wife and two daughters, the journey was “truly the trip of a lifetime. It’s something my family will always remember and cherish,” he recalled. “Everything was handled with such ease. It made it so incredibly easy to just enjoy the city, Super Bowl village, and of course, the game. We would’ve loved it if the Patriots had won the game, but that didn’t change anything about the great time we had.”
Light says he was just thrilled with the outcome, and was really awed by the response. . “Overall, the raffle was a huge success, and it made this journey to the SuperBowl all that more special. I know Jeff and his family had a great time out in Indy, and I have to thank him and all of the people who purchased tickets, “ he says. “At two dollars a shot, we had to sell a lot of tickets to raise that kind of money!”
As for the how the funds raised will be used, Light has some pretty big plans that include more improvements to the Chenoweth Trails facility the Foundation built in Ohio, where he runs a leadership camp every summer and leases it out to other nonprofits for their own use. Among the projects the money will fund are the construction of a post and beam white oak pavilion with a covered grilling area, and a year-round turf field.
The Light Foundation has already started to build the pavilion and will add the field within the year. “The kids who will attend The Vohokase Camp, and the community that uses the facility will have more opportunities to benefit from the improved infrastructure -- thanks to everyone’s incredible generosity,” added Light.
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