Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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June 26, 2014

Parish picnic prizes grow

Katie Smith

Daily News

Sacred Heart’s parish workers have challenged themselves to sell more raffle tickets for their community picnic, in order to increase the value of their cash prize by $5,000.

The 44th annual Sacred Heart Parish Picnic will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Sacred Heart school grounds, where community members are invited to take part in a raffle, carnival rides, live music, and a live auction with prizes including a set of orthodontic braces and tickets to sporting events.

Traditionally, grand-prize winners of the picnic’s raffle are offered a choice between $15,000 in cash or a used car donated by Dan Hecht Chevrolet and Toyota valued at the same price.

This year parish workers decided to host a progressive raffle and set their goal for the grand prize at $20,000, and will include a donated 2014 Harley-Davidson FXDL Low Rider to their grand-prize options. So far, Christy Hakman, Sacred Heart’s director of marketing and development, has sold 1,500 raffle tickets at $10 a piece or $50 for a book of six.

“Instead of just doing the $15,000 cash, we decided that the more tickets we sell, the bigger the prize will get,” she said. “If we sell 6,000 tickets, then the prize choice will go to $17,500 cash.”

If the winner chooses the car (a 2014 Chevy Sonic sedan) or motorcycle, they will receive the remaining $2,500 in cash.

Additionally, the parish has reduced the total number of prizes from 60 to 20, in order to maintain more consistent prize-value across the board, Hakman said.

“This year we decided to combine a lot of those prizes into packages, and the lowest prize is worth $275,” she said.

Sacred Heart’s picnic serves as the most profitable fundraiser for the parish, with proceeds going toward operating expenses and everyday costs, Hakman said. Aside from the revenue it brings in for the school and church, Hakman believes the Sacred Heart picnic is a staple in the community’s social traditions.

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