CARIBOU, Maine — The Caribou Rotary Club’s annual Cash Draw is back once more with its large cash prizes, but this year organizers have tweaked one facet of the popular fundraiser to help encourage early sales.
Everyone who purchases a ticket before Friday, Nov. 16, automatically is entered into an Early Bird drawing for $500; this new early bird draw replaces the door prize drawing that used to take place the night of the Cash Draw.
“It’s an incentive to try to get people to purchase their tickets a little bit earlier,” said Caribou Rotary Club President Elect and Rotary Draw Chair Ryan Ellsworth.
Tickets are $60 for one and $100 for two; each ticket admits one to the highly popular Cash Draw event, which annually draws between 200 and 300 people to the Caribou Inn and Convention Center.
“Your odds of winning something are pretty good,” Ellsworth said.
Prizes are a $6,000 grand prize, $5,000 second prize, $4,000 third prize, one $1,000 prize, one $500 prize, five $250 prizes and 40 $100 prizes.
While the special Early Bird Draw will take place shortly after the Nov. 16 deadline, the main event kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. , and the draw will take place at 8 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres are included in the ticket price, and a cash bar will be available for those of age.
All proceeds will help the Caribou Rotarians fund special projects and donations throughout the year. Past projects, for instance, have assisted with the creation of the Caribou Ski building at the high school and helped fund the new scoreboard at the Caribou Little League Field.
Though a limited number of tickets are sold for the club’s primary fundraiser, there are still plenty to go around as Rotarians just received their supply Sept. 26.
Adults 18 and older can purchase tickets from any Caribou Rotarian or by calling Ellsworth at 498-8756.