A Raffle Success

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Chronicle a successful raffle fundraising campaign you or a family member has been a part of. What results were achieved? How did it help the organization and/or the community it was meant to benefit? How did the experience enrich you?

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A recent raffle I was involved in was that of the Goolsby Leadership Academy at the University of Texas at Arlington. The goal of the Academy was to raise $10,000 through various means. My cohort (cohort 13) came up with many ideas, but our raffle sale was one of the most successful approaches.

The Goolsby Leadership Academy is an organization of students (30 are selected for each cohort) which develops future business leaders through providing a foundation for success. Furthermore the organization promotes courage, integrity, and impact. These three cornerstones are what I, as a Goolsby scholar, practice and implement in my everyday activities. Given our goal for the semester of $10,000 we as a cohort took it upon ourselves to divide the required goal amongst ourselves so we all had an equal goal to reach.

This fundraiser was one of the first I was ever involved in and the prizes we had included two Kendra Scott jewelry pieces and 3 autographed Houston Astros baseballs. Besides the obvious sales, this experience really helped me improve as a person in general. Being a transfer student, my goal was to meet new people and become involved in school. Through the Goolsby Academy I was given the opportunity to achieve both of my goals. Trying to sale raffle tickets required me to go out on campus and engage with students; furthermore having a financial goal motivated me to try and sale tickets outside of school; like at work and home.

Being a Business major, my train of thoughts always revolve around the bottom line; and making decisions based on it. Therefore when conducting such a raffle I was driven by selling tickets and holding my own end. Given this was my first raffle sale, I initially did not know how to approach people, but after many failed attempts I was able to finally sell a raffle ticket and break out of my shell. The rush of making your first sell is always exciting, thus was the case here as well.

By the end of our raffle and various other fundraisers and donations, my cohort was able to surpass our goal. Behind donors and our bake sale, the raffle was the biggest raiser of funds for our cohort event. The raffle brought in close to $2,000, and given the price of our tickets, $3 for the jewelry and $5 for the baseballs, I believe it was a great success.

This experience brought me closer to the rest of my cohort as we worked closely together, and it helped me improve as a person in general. By the end of November I had helped raise $10,000, became more involved with school, and became a better person. My experience goes further then just the money raised, as I was given an opportunity to reach other personal goals. Becoming closer to my cohort, and becoming involved with my school are only a couple of outcomes from the fundraiser, but more importantly I was able to discover more about myself through this experience and realize why I became a business major. I was able to show courage, maintain my integrity, and most importantly make an impact.

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