Win a new house and save schools at the same time


Irvine Public Schools Foundation CEO poses with some of the sponsors on the rooftop of grand prize 3000 The Plaza. Steve Churm, Matt Montgomery (3000 The Plaza Team) Annett Wagner (Merit Properties) Neda Zaengle (IPSF CEO), Bill Turco (Merit Properties), Max Gardner (Irvine Company Apartment Communities)

I spent Thursday evening on a rooftop of 3000 the Plaza, a 15-story tower in Irvine, where there was a bash taking place for the Irvine Public School’s Foundation. The event was to publicize a raffle in which folks can buy a ticket for $150 with the chance to win a home valued at $750,000 or $500,000 in cash. The money from the raffles goes to the cash strapped Irvine schools. The home  sits on the fifth-floor of the 15-story residential center, which is widely regarded as the finest high-rise in Orange County. Besides the home, there are multiple prizes to be raffled off at different times throughout the year.  The deadline for the first drawing is April 15 – tax deadline day. The winner of that drawing will walk away with $10,000. Other raffle prizes will include a year of free rent in a luxury two-bedroom apartment, a spa treatment and dinner at some of Orange County’s finest resorts.  Another ticket buyer will receive dinner for eight at Lucca Cafe, hosted by renowned chef and owner Cathy Pavlos. Other prizes include four rounds of golf at Pelican Hill Golf Club, a night at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, and a year’s worth of free car details from Pacific Coast Auto Spa. Behind the scenes, my good friends Bill Rams, Kathleen Freed and John Christensen worked hard to make the event a success. But the real beneficiaries will be the students in Irvine schools. Those schools, like the schools in my hometown of Fullerton, are facing a multi-million shortfall. Note to Fullerton school leaders. We need a strong foundation like this to help our schools out in this time of need. For more information please go to http://irvinedreamstakes.com/

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One Response to “Win a new house and save schools at the same time”

  1. Agreed Tony but the state needs to eliminate school districts. Many small areas have three school districts. One for elementary, middle school and high school…a ridiculous waste of money that could be used better.

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