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No condo giveaway in Broadway Center raffle

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on June 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm with No Comments »
June 29, 2010 2:42 pm

No one will be moving into a new Tacoma condo, but a Bellevue woman is $25,000 richer after the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts completed its raffle.

Sandra Kennewick of Bellevue was the top prizewinner Saturday, according to a news release from the center. She was awarded the top prize after the raffle didn’t sell enough tickets to “vest” the envisioned grand prize: a new condo at 505 Broadway. The center needed to sell 17,000 tickets to award it; it sold 2,894. It needed to sell 2,000 tickets to break even.

The Broadway Center launched the Tacoma Live Large Raffle on New Year’s Eve 2009. Tickets sold for $99 and included $350 in coupons towards local business services, such as a buy-one, get-one night at the Marriott Courtyard downtown and a $50 coupon at LeRoy Jewelers.

In a statement, executive director David Fischer said the raffle accomplished all but one goal: establishing an endowment from the center from ticket sales.

“Since we did not budget making a dime from this project, it’s financial outcome is neutral to the Broadway Center,” he said.

And the publicity was worth it. Fischer said millions of people saw news of the raffle on a TV news magazine and many commercials that showed Tacoma, the Theater District and the Broadway Center in a very positive light.

Other winners announced Saturday:

  • $7,500 or a 3-year lease on a Toyota Prius: Carol Simatic of Tacoma
  • $5,000 or a 10-day cruise: Sue Larson of Dupont
  • $1,500 or 7 nights in Bali: Lindsay Helser of Tacoma
  • $1,000: Terry Sax of Buckley

Earlier this year, Michelle Murray of Kirkland and Elizabeth Mason of Tacoma were awarded $10,000 each.

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