Raffle Program a Ticket to More School Funds

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With the goal of teaching children philanthropy at an early age, the Asian Heritage Street Celebration has created the “Make Some Money for Your School” Raffle Program.

The AHSC provides prizes and administrative support for students and school groups selling raffle tickets, and Louie and Wong LLP provide the accounting services. All proceeds are returned to participating schools.

“With all the donations that we receive, we support our academic programs and use it toward visual and performing arts, field trips, after school enrichment programs, and extracurricular activities,” said Sunset Elementary School principal Sophie Lee, who has participated in the program for several years.

Tickets are sold for $3, of which $2 goes directly back to each school. The extra $1 goes toward the bonus $500 cash prize for the school that sells the most in each division – elementary, middle and high school. Each school that sells at least 20 tickets will also receive a $100 bonus. Since the program’s inception, schools have raised over $30,000 while fostering a spirit of philanthropy.

“Last year one of our parents won the $500 grand prize and donated it back to our school,” said Lee, whose total earnings from the 2010 raffle were $2,000.

This year’s prizes include round trip airline tickets courtesy of Virgin America, a $500 bank account at Sterling Bank and Trust, a $250 cash prize to a Bay Area school of the winner’s choice, an autographed Warriors basketball, museum tickets and more.

There will be multiple prize drawings throughout the 7th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration, and raffle tickets will also be on sale throughout the day. Raffle holders need not be present to win.

2011 Make Some Money For Your School Raffle Participants

Elementary Schools

Alice Fong Yu Alternative School
Clarendon Alternative School

E. R. Taylor Elementary School
Gordon J. Lau Elementary School
Jose Ortega Elementary School
Sunset Elementary School

Middle Schools

James Denman Middle School
Visitacion Valley Middle School

High Schools

Galileo Academy of Science and Technology High School

George Washington High School – Eagles Service
George Washington High School – Class of 2014
George Washington High School – Japanese National Honor Society

Mission High School

Private Schools

Saint Brigid School

Saint Mary’s Chinese Day School
Saint Thomas The Apostle School
St. Thomas More School

Raffle Prizes

Grand Prize: 2 Round Trip Economy Class Passes Courtesy of Virgin America

$500 cash bank account: Courtesy of Sterling Bank and Trust

$250 cash donation to the school of your choice: Courtesy of Sandy Su and the AsianWeek Foundation

Autographed Warriors Team Ball: Courtesy of Golden State Warriors

4 – panda hats, pairs of panda paws, and tickets to the San Francisco Giants game on Monday, June 6, 2011 at 7:15 P.M. vs. Washington Nationals. Lower level seats. Courtesy of The Head Panda.

1 Family Fun Pass: Courtesy of Pier 39

2 guest passes: Courtesy of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

2 Plaza Outfield Vouchers to a 2011 Oakland A’s regular season home game: Courtesy of The Oakland Athletics Baseball Company

*partial list

For a complete list of prizes, visit: www.asianfairsf.com.

About the Author

Natalie Schrik is a Filipino Dutch American living in San Francisco