Cameron County Chamber of Commerce has been working on a fundraiser for more than 6 months and on March 9 the doors will open. Executive Director Tina Solak says this is the first time the chamber has hosted a fundraiser. “It is necessary due to the increase in price offering special items during Weekend in the Wilds (fireworks) and Christmas in the Wilds (live reindeer).”
Sponsors do offset some of the costs, but the remainder is paid by the chamber. Solak explains the importance of offering fireworks, and reindeer. “These events draw visitors who in turn spend dollars at businesses. In the case of the reindeer, families travel hours to see Santa’s favorite team.”
The fundraiser is called Lit & Lucky. Two people get in on one ticket. The ticket number is used in a reverse raffle. The goal is to be one of the last 5 numbers called and then decide to either split the $2500 cash prize or keep drawing numbers and hope to be the last number. Every 6th ticket holder will be given a prize when the number is called. The ticket includes 2 drink tickets. Additional drinks can be purchased from the vendors offering beer, wine, hard cider, and moonshine along with non-alcoholic offerings. Hors d’oeuvres will be free.
Ticket goers can also purchase a $2 bingo card. As reverse raffle numbers are called players will mark off the bingo card. A coverall wins you half of the pot!
A meta quest (Oculus virtual reality headset ) will be offered through a penny raffle. Purchase as many tickets as you like. The price you pay is determined by the last 3 digits on a randomly drawn raffle ticket. Several baskets will be put up for grabs through a silent auction. Other prizes will be available by purchasing a $5 ticket. They include two brunch tickets each month for a year at Straub Brewery Visitor Center and Tap Room, a $500 gift card to purchase a gun, and a wheelbarrow full of cheer. At least one 50/50 drawing will be held.
Ticket holders will be alerted via email as prizes are added. Tickets can be purchased online at https://cameroncountychambercommerce.betterworld.org/events/lit-lucky