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Tesla S selected as car for High School Raffle

The Parent Association at Garfield High School in Seattle chose the Tesla S sedan for the car to raffle to raise money for programs to improve academic achievement. Educating students is an expression of hope and optimism about the future and the Tesla represents that future. For information about raffle tickets for the March 1 drawing contact phil-sherburne@msn.com.

You'd be amazed at how many owners are also ticket buyers. Can't get enough of a good thing!

Or maybe they were 40 and 60 owners who now wish they had 85s?

Anything yet?

...and the winner is....?

Dan Atkinson from Seattle, #513.

Tesla provided a white Performance to show off at the auction (very much like mine), and people were crawling all over it. There was food, entertainment, and lots of auction items, but the Model S was clearly the highlight. One of the Model S owners who had participated in several ticket sales events was also in attendance, as well as Mattie from the Bellevue store. I generally can't stand charity auctions, but this one was kind of fun. The kids, many of whom performed or served food and drink, were really appreciative of the support. Too bad I didn't win, or even know the winner.

May next time....

That's "Maybe" next time

I bet we'll see more of this. I'll definitely be playing again if so.

congratulations Dan- let us know how you like the MS
If anyone knows him, maybe we can get the story
(ticket #900 would have been good to draw ;) )

I didn't win, nor did any of the many people I sold tickets to, but the fundraiser was a smashing success. Phil's wife told me that they had at least 50 ticket requests that they had to turn away; that doesn't include the several people I tried to buy tickets for, too late.

I'm guessing that they will indeed try this again next year. Last year they offered a Leaf, but next spring will probably be too early for a Model X. How successful will a Model S raffle be in one year? I suppose it depends on whether reservations continue at a rapid pace, and whether TM is thriving by then. It may also depend on whether the bloom has come off the rose, or whether existing owners are still grinning.

Phil's wife asked me whether I thought they could get away with selling more tickets next year -- i.e., whether they should set a maximum limit above the 1650 that they used this year. I think the formula they used -- total revenues at twice the value of the car -- was a good one. Given that the retail price of the raffled car, as equipped, was $90,000, I think they could have limited ticket sales to 1800 this year, and more next year if the price of the car goes up. What do you think?

probably right yes- but the price will be going down not up ;)
glad it was a success- sounds like everybody had a good time and what a great cause ! Thanks for helping them out Doug-
all the best to the kids who will benefit - study hard!- we need more EV technology!

Yes, at $100 a ticket people expect reasonably good odds. But perhaps triple would be OK? ;) :)

I'd buy a few tickets. It is a good cause for a school that works to overcome barriers.

Besides, my spouse keeps stealing my car. No one wants to go to the gas station any more.

I'd like to add that I think that the total number of tickets sold was appropriate. Too many tickets means their desirability and value is diminished.

Not sure if they still do, but when I was going in and out of the Middle East back in the early 90's Dubai airport used to run a raffle just like this one. I think they sold 1000 tickets for each car (911, Ferrari, etc.). The price as I recall was c. $100 a ticket back then (20 years ago).

For this raffle, as long as you don't limit purchases to only one per person, 3000 $50 tickets might be better than 1000 $150 tickets. A $50 ticket gets more people into the game for whom $150 is too expensive, but if you want 1:1000 odds you can just buy 3.

But - if the raffle is oversubscribed anyway why mess with it.

There is also the issue of the time and effort it takes to sell the tickets. There was a lot of public enthusiasm when the car was on display, and a number of owners and reservation holders were actually eager to participate and show their cars or, if they were just reservation holders, answer questions. I wonder whether this will be true when the novelty has worn off.

It would be lots easier if tickets could be sold online, but that is not allowed (I found several states where this was being done: http://www.flutiefoundation.org/Donate-Buy-A-Raffle-Ticket-to-win-a-Mini... http://www.corvettemuseum.org/raffle/). In Washington, you cannot sell tickets over the internet, but you can use the internet to advertise the raffle. Technically, you cannot use the U.S. mail to send checks (this is a postal regulation that is not always enforced), but you can use UPS or just get credit card information over the telephone. Finally, the raffle tickets sold to out of state purchasers should be held, rather than sent out to the purchasers. The tickets don't matter anyway, since it is actually the name that is drawn. If these practices had been more clearly understood from the beginning, I think the PTSA could have sold the tickets to a wider market.

I have to say that the most rewarding part about this whole effort was watching those kids last night. They had a jazz ensemble that knocked my socks off. They had a string quartet playing Beethoven as beautifully as I've heard it anywhere. They had several kids give speeches about how the PTSA programs had helped them -- incredible poise and delivery. And much more. Those kids were the real winners.

I go to the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band fundraising dinner/auction very year in Seattle. It is fabulous event for a great program. Some talented youth have benefited and moved on to become great musicians.

Without these fundraising campaigns they may not have even discovered their passion and talents. Instruments are not cheap and music programs take the cuts first.

Maybe they should look into a Model S raffle...

Just a follow-up: I just heard that the auction raised over $130,000 before expenses, and the raffle netted at least an additional $75,000. That puts the PTSA in an excellent position to fund their programs.


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