Grampian raffle Success!Posted on: April 04, 2012
The campaign to raffle the donated Grampian Discovery 7.9 and generate funds for BHYC’s VIP Program and other charitable initiatives was a huge success!
The campaign to raffle the donated Grampian Discovery 7.9 and generate funds for BHYC’s VIP Program and other charitable initiatives came to a successful conclusion Friday, March 30th with the drawing of the winning ticket. The happy new owner of “Bluebox” is Oakville resident Nello (Ned) Mazza. Ned, together with his brother and brother-in-law, bought more than a few tickets. Ned wanted to win!
The Grampian campaign was a challenge, stretching from January 2011 when we took possession of the boat to the present, involving a fair bit of time refurbishing the boat and executing the raffle, and was not without reservations. However, the end result may be regarded as a success. BHYC covered its expenses and generated approximately $2,500 in net proceeds. Equally important, the campaign resulted in increased awareness throughout the community of BHYC and its programs and made a positive contribution to our image. Also, a number of ticket buyers expressed interest in the club and potentially joining.
This project would not have been possible without the efforts of many individuals. Sincere thanks go to Derek Clark who took charge of the “work party” and spruced up Bluebox. Helping him were Brian Bennett (who, when refinishing the brightwork, doesn’t know when good is good enough!), Barb Keeley, Beth Stewart, Peter Fuller, George Strachan, Mike Collins, and Marcus Opitz. Alex Treiber, Bill Hewitt and Charles Stacey contributed their expertise to various aspects of marketing and promotion. Brian Miller and now John Estey oversaw the finances, and Beth kept all the records ship shape. Thanks also to K-Weld, CPSINKworks, Klacko Spars and G&B Sportsmarine who provided in-kind services, including fixing the trailer, producing marketing materials, refurbishing the mast, and making sure the engine is ready to go. And a special vote of thanks to those who helped sell tickets.
Selling a raffle ticket on a boat is not an easy task – but they persevered and we came through. Bluebox and Ned will be in the yard until launch, and hopefully afterwards. He’s a first time large boat owner and will doubtlessly have questions. I’ve told him we are a fun, helpful bunch. Please make Ned and his co-winners welcome.