Everyone is a Winner in this Raffle

Annual Raffle Scores BIG for WG


2015 Raffle Committee

The West Geauga football and wrestling programs hosted their 13th Annual reverse raffle recently. The reverse raffle was held at St Noel’s Party Center in Willoughby on April 25th from 6:00 pm to 12 Midnight.

Although the raffle “happens” in one night, a committee of team moms has been meeting since last January, once per week, organizing the event, soliciting prizes, securing donations, selling tickets, creating baskets and planning, planning, planning to ensure the night comes off without a hitch. Wrestling coach Mr. Joe Marino said, “I’ve been involved with these raffles since the beginning and there are no adjectives to describe the contributions of these committee parents over the years; there work has been nothing short of outstanding. It is because of their efforts that we can provide so many things to the teams with the money we raise.”

Seats were sold to couples for $100 and singles for $60. A corporate sponsor table, which was new this year, was also available for $500. The grand prize for the evening was $2,000 cash. Tickets included dinner, silent, Chinese and live auctions, plus one shot at the grand prize. In addition there were prize balloons, a “powerball” drawing, a raffle for a 32” television and over 50 gift baskets.

Over 210 people attended the event. Although the attendance was down a little from last year, the support demonstrated was fantastic. The raffle took in over $20,000 before expenses.

Football head coach Mr. Lou Cirino added, “This raffle allows us to purchase the extra things that help us remain competitive and assist us in reaching our goals as a football program.”

Coach Cirino and Coach Marino also wanted to thank ALL who attended the raffle, especially the parents of our athletes, as well as all the football and wrestling team alumni (some from as far back as the 70’s) who attended.