• $100 ticket sales going slow this year
The Homer Chamber of Commerce Car and All Terrain Vehicle raffles are now postponed to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 after low sales has left nearly 200 raffle tickets unsold.
The annual fundraiser represents about $50,000 for the organization’s annual budget. Chamber Executive Director Monte Davis made the announcement Tuesday at noon.
“I’m not sure if it’s the economy. I’m not certain why, but we have 200 tickets left. It’s critical that we sell these tickets so we can continue to present community events like the Winter Carnival, Cleanup Day and the 4th of July Parade,” Davis said. “This even impacts the (Kachemak Bay) Shorebird Festival.”
According to Chamber bylaws, the director is to have a prepared 2013 budget to present to the board on Nov. 16. That, too, is postponed because Davis did not feel he could deliver a budget with such a large deficit.
One problem in cash shortfall occurred earlier this year when the Winter King Tournament was not as well attended due to the heavy snowfall throughout the winter. Normally, that popular event brings in $20,000 to the chamber’s budget. But this year, it took in only $8,000.
“We had, literally, about 100 people who called in to say they would take part, but couldn’t get to their boats. They were buried under a ton of snow,” Davis said.
The Halibut Derby also was down in the numbers. “I honestly think the economy is slightly depressed,” Davis said.
The past three years have shown that raffle ticket sales on the annual car and ATV raffle haven’t been brisk. The past two years, tickets did not sell out.
“Our chamber does all the work to put on the 4th of July parade. We give up that day off. We don’t mind doing that, but there’s a cost to that. This is an opportunity for folks in this community to say this is something we support,” Davis said.
The winning raffle ticket holder gets $25,000 credit toward any vehicle at Kendall Ford or a choice to take the $15,000 in cash. The ATV raffle winner gets $5,800-$5,900 or the ATV. The raffle money from the ATV goes to building maintenance at the chamber.
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