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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How to Win NASCAR tickets, TVs, Cash, and Condos...Get your Dream Ticket!!!

Small town America...where small and quaint locally-owned shops line the street, antique streetlights light the night, benches and trees dot the sidewalks, and where everyone has a smile for a visitor. So what happens when small towns start to struggle financially? Stores begin to close, families move out. I grew up in one of those small towns. Seeing it happen over the years makes me want to help take care of other small towns in the region. An organization in Johnson City Tennessee is stepping up to do just that – they are helping take care of a small town with The Dream Ticket.

Ron Campbell / Johnson City Press

The WIN Firm, in conjunction with charity Friends of Olde Downtowne Johnson City has put together a raffle to benefit the charity. Friends of Olde Downtowne Johnson City is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, meaning that your raffle ticket purchase is a tax deductible charitable donation. The raffle has been designed to raise a quarter of a million dollars for Friends of Olde Downtowne Johnson City. A spokesperson for the charity says that the main goal is to promote the area, to get more people to visit the area in Southeastern Tennessee, and to give people more to do in the area through festivals and events.

The prize list is what makes this raffle amazing. Grand prize winners will receive a condo. Not for a weekend and not for a week - you will receive the title of ownership for a condo in Southeastern Tennessee. The condo in question will allow occupants to wake every morning to the sight one of the premier NASCAR and Drag Racing facilities. Did I mention that there may be TWO condos awarded? The prize list also includes FOUR 50” Plasma Screen TVs. I know I would enjoy watching a weekend of sports on that! What about cash? How about a prize of $2,500...or a trip to Las Vegas for a Spring NASCAR race including hotel stay, airfare, and transportation...season tickets to a certain NASCAR track nearby Johnson City...or single race tickets to a NASCAR race at that same track...the prize list even includes the Richard Petty Driving Experience and the Richard Petty Ride Along Experience passes. With a prize list this rich the $99 raffle ticket price is well worth the investment. And remember, all proceeds from this raffle go to the Friends of Olde Downtowne Johnson City charity.

Friends of Olde Downtowne Johnson City sponsor First Fridays and the Blue Plum Festival in downtown Johnson City. The Blue Plum Festival is a rapidly growing annual event that takes place in June of each year. The festival includes food and craft vendors, entertainment stages, a kids area, cornhole tournaments, and a 5k run/walk. In 2010, the 11th annual Blue Plum Festival brought more than 80,000 people to downtown Johnson City. Musicians from Jazz to Reggae, Southern Gospel to Southern Rock grace the stages at the Blue Plum Festival to viewers from near and far; one couple travels every year from New York City to attend. The festival isn't just for entertainment, the Johnson City Press reports that the 2010 Blue Plum Festival also gathered more than 1,000 pounds of recyclables.

With the economy in its current condition, donations are down for Friends of Olde Downtowne Johnson City. Donations are the lifeblood of any charity – without donations the charity cannot sponsor events. The Dream Ticket raffle is a way that you can support this charity and small town USA. For a $99 tax-deductible donation you receive one raffle ticket. At the most 10,000 tickets will be sold. Between four and eight prize packages will be given away. That makes your odds better than most of the slot machines at the casino. You only have until December 17th to purchase your Dream Ticket; if less than 10,000 are sold your odds are just that much better! Visit to learn more and to purchase your Dream Ticket now...what are you waiting for?? There may never again be raffle with such an impressive prize list and such great odds that allows a charity to continue improving an area rich with tradition! Get your Dream Ticket now!

Amy McHargue

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