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In conjunction with the Institute for Healthy Living Triathlon, the Boys & Girls Club will revive our old "Cars 4 Kids" raffle. WIth enough tickets sold, one lucky person will win a Dodge Challenger, sponsored by Peters Chevrolet.

We will sell 500 tickets at $100 apiece. At the end of the Institute for Healthy Living's Triathlon, on Sunday May 20 (specifically, 1:00pm), we will draw that one lucky winner. 100% of the profits will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Pines and their mission to Empower the Kids of East Texas to BE GREAT. Tickets will be onsale until the awards ceremony of the triathalon on May 20, 2018. Online ticket sales will close on May 19, 2018 at 8pm.

If we don't sell at least 400 tickets, the raffle becomes a 50-50 with the winner receiving 50% of what is raised on a Visa Gift Card (we are not allowed to give straight cash).

So if 425 tickets sold... CAR

325 tickets sold... better odds for you and a $16,250 Visa Gift Card to the winner and $16,250 for the kids of East Texas.

Plus, there are incentive prizes along the way...

Ticket # Incentive Prize              
25 Dinner and a movie gift pack
100 One year's worth of Chick-Fil-A
200 Dak Prescott signed poster
250 Mystery Prize
300 Fitbit Alta
400 Mystery Prize
450 Discount at
500 One year's worth of Chick-Fil-A
550 Visio 40" tv
600 Mystery Prize
650 Hitachi 49" tv

Either way, you have amazing odds at winning some amazing prizes all while helping a great organization positively impact kids… not too bad for a $100 ticket! Online ticket sales will close on May 19, 2018 at 8pm.


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The Texas Charitable Raffle Statute

In accordance with Texas law, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Pines makes the following public declarations:
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Pines (herein referred to as BGCBP)is a registered 501(c)3 and located at 1500 Positive Place, Marshall, Texas 75670.
Though it might be referred as such, this is NOT a raffle but a "chance drawing" with proceeds directly benefiting the BGCBP. This is not tax-deductible.
Tickets will cost $100 each. 
The grand prize is the car from Peters Chevrolet. The BGBP reserves the right to add prizes along the way.
Winners will be contacted within 48-hours of the drawing. 
The winner is responsible for picking up their prize. 
The BGCBP will not extend the drawing date beyond  May 20, 2018.

Charities & Nonprofits:
Charitable Raffles
The Charitable Raffle Enabling Act, effective January 1, 1990, permits "qualified organizations" to hold up to two raffles per calendar year, with certain specified restrictions. 
A raffle is defined as the award of one or more prizes by chance at a single occasion among a single pool or group of persons who have paid or promised a thing of value for a ticket that represents a chance to win a prize
In general, a qualified organization is:
A nonprofit association organized primarily for religious purposes that has been in existence in Texas for at least 10 years;
A nonprofit volunteer emergency medical service that does not pay its members other than nominal compensation;
A nonprofit volunteer fire department that operates fire-fighting equipment, provides fire-fighting services, and does not pay its members other than nominal compensation; or
A nonprofit organization that has existed for at least three preceding years and is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c), Internal Revenue Code; does not distribute any of its income to its members, officers or governing body; does not devote a substantial part of its activities to attempting to influence legislation; and does not participate in any political Camp aign.
Prizes Offered and Proceeds from Ticket Sales
A qualified organization may offer any prize except money. "Money” is defined as coins, paper currency, or a negotiable instrument that represents and is readily convertible to coins or paper currency. If the raffle organizers offer a prize which they have purchased or have given other consideration for, the value of the prize may not exceed $50,000, or $250,000 if the purchased prize is a residential dwelling. There is no value limit on prizes donated to the organization.
Texas lottery tickets may be purchased and offered as prizes, even though the tickets' payoff may exceed $50,000. The organization must have each raffle prize in its possession or ownership or must post a bond for the full amount of the value of the prize with the county clerk of the county where the raffle will be held.
Proceeds from ticket sales must be used only for the charitable purposes of the qualified organization.
A qualified organization is not required to register with the State before conducting a raffle. However certain restrictions apply. 
A qualified organization may hold only two raffles per calendar year and only one raffle at a time.
Raffle tickets may not be advertised statewide through paid advertisements. Each raffle ticket must state: 1) the name of the organization conducting the raffle; 2) the address of the organization or of a named officer of the organization; 3) the ticket price; 4) a general description of each prize having a value of more than $10; and 5) the date on which the raffle prize(s) will be awarded.

No one may be compensated directly or indirectly for organizing or conducting a raffle or for selling raffle tickets.
Penalties and Enforcement
Only raffles held according to the terms of the Charitable Raffle Enabling Act are authorized raffles. The law is Chapter 2002, Occupations Code, Texas Codes Annotated.
An unauthorized raffle is considered gambling under the Texas Penal Code. Conducting such a raffle is a Class A misdemeanor. Participating in an unauthorized raffle is a Class C misdemeanor.
A county attorney, district attorney or the attorney general may bring an action in state court to stop a violation or potential violation of the Charitable Raffle Enabling Act.
Please understand that this office cannot advise you about whether a proposed raffle would be authorized under the law. If you have specific questions about the law, you should consult a private attorney.



The Club serves 11 communities throughout a 1300 square-mile area in East Texas. If you live in any of the following places, we are there for your kids: Elysian Fields, Gilmer, Gladewater, Hallsville, Hughes Springs, Jefferson, Longview, Marshall, Mt. Pleasant, Waskom, and White Oak. For more information please visit our site by clicking here.

Jog, Swim, and bike your way through East Texas on Sunday May 20 with the Institute of Healthy Living's annual triathlon on Sunday May 20, 2018.

START TIME: 7:30am CDT      REGISTRATION LIMIT: 120 spots left.
PRICE: $65.00 Race Fee + $4.90 SignUp Fee 
REGISTRATION: Price increases to $80.00 after May 6, 2018 at 11:59pm CDT. For more information [click here]

Your purchase goes to help the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Pines and all the great programming that we offer, but there are a bunch of ways you can support the Club and in many ways, get exposure for your company.
Purchase Tshirts from BGCShirts. [click here].                               Join a giving society [click here]
Signage at Flowers Field. [click here]                                             Corporate Sponsorship Pachages [click here]