BGG.CON ticket raffle for Charity
Tim McCormley
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Greetings,

Sadly, I will be unable to attend bgg.con this year, even though I've already registered. To make sure that the ticket doesn't go to waste, I'm creating a virtual ticket raffle to benefit charity, and, of course, some lucky BGG user.

Here's how the raffle will work:

1) If you want to buy a virtual ticket for the raffle, simply donate a minimum of $5 to the charity of your choice and post an entry on this geeklist describing your donation.
2) You get one virtual ticket (an entry to win) for every $5 donated.
3) One geeklist entry per person.
4) Each person can buy a maximum of 4 virtual tickets.
5) The raffle will close on 9/9/2011 at 6pm PST.
6) Winner to be chosen randomly, based on the number of tickets purchased. i.e. A person that bought 4 tickets will have a better chance of winning than a person that bought 1 ticket.

I would strongly recommend that you make an online donation to eliminate any issues around "procratination defeating best intentions." Of course, if you don't have any way of making an online donation, you can still enter (we are operating on the honor system here), but you might want to write the check or money order and send it to the charity before you put an entry on the list.

Keep in mind that many charities have minimum online donation sizes. Here's a website listing a ton of charities, in case you need some ideas: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=topten.detail&...

I hope the rules are clear and sensible. If someone notices something obviously whacky about the process, let me know and we'll fix things up. At any rate, your charitable contribution will not go to waste.

Good Luck!

Tim

P.S. It has to be said: despite the potential for abuse, I'm thinking that if even 1 person makes an actual $5 donation to charity, something positive will have come out of it, and that's good enough for me. Of course, this wisdom cuts both ways. You have to trust that I actually have a valid registration for the con (I do!), and that I will give the ticket to some lucky winner randomly. (I will! I will! I promise!) It's a piece of cake to change the name of the registrant...I've checked into it.
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