This spring, Dwight Hall is raffling off a trip for four to the Dominican Republic.
The student-run Dwight Hall Center for Public Service and Social Justice, considered the largest campus-based social service organization in the country, is selling $100 raffle tickets for the trip to raise money for its operating budget, which funds volunteer activities including public school internships and the Social Justice Network. Dwight Hall receives most of its income through fundraising.
The raffle prize, an eight-day stay at the Casa de Campo resort with pre-paid food, drinks, round-trip airfare and golf or spa packages for each person, is valued at approximately $13,000 and can be redeemed at any point within one year. Dwight Hall will sell no more than 400 tickets, and the drawing will take place on June 23.
Last year’s raffle, which offered the prize of a trip for four to Peru, was less geared toward students, Dwight Hall Board of Directors student member Lauren Thompson ’05 said. But this year students are encouraged to buy tickets in groups of four so that each person would only pay $25.
“This year’s raffle is special. Like last year, there will be interaction with the community through fundraising and expanding services but the raffle will be directed more towards students,” Thompson said. “We hope to expand participation through better publicizing.”
Thompson added that raffling off a Caribbean vacation would encourage greater involvement by students.
“This is an excellent way for students to participate in a fundraising charity event and support the positive programs Dwight Hall has established,” she said.
Dwight Hall Co-coordinator Brian Goldman ’05 said last year’s raffle did not sell every ticket, but a profit was still made. He said he hopes a limited number of tickets this year will entice people to buy.
“There are pretty good odds for winning,” Goldman said. “We used different travel agents to coordinate a really amazing trip to this world famous golf resort, which also has a nice spa.”
Almost 20,000 people in Connecticut benefit from the services of Dwight Hall, Public Relations Coordinator Benjamin Staub ’06 said.
“It is critical for Dwight Hall’s existence to have money to give to student groups and to pay for amenities and the upkeep of programs,” Staub said. “And, after suffering through the horrible New Haven winter, it would be a great prize for anyone to escape to the Caribbean.”