Charity Raffle Offers Trip and Game Tickets to Soccer's Euro 2008 Quarterfinal

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 General News
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ARLINGTON, Va., April 23 The Annandale Rotary Foundation,Inc. has launched a charity raffle offering ticket-holders attractive odds anda Grand Prize sure to warm the hearts of soccer aficionados in Virginia andbeyond: a trip for 2 to Basel, Switzerland to attend a quarterfinal matchbetween the winner of Group C and the runner-up of Group D. A total of 300tickets are offered at $100 per ticket. Net proceeds will benefit RotaryInternational's PolioPlus program, Score for Peace and students of the GMUInstitute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. The drawing will be inAnnandale on May 17, 2008. The Grand Prize quarterfinal game in Basel will beplayed on June 21, 2008.

The Euro 2008 Raffle offers 30 prizes, or a 1:10 chance to win. The GrandPrize is a 4-day, 3-night trip for two to Switzerland, with 2 tickets to aEuro 2008 quarterfinal match that is highly in demand. Second prize is twopremium season tickets for DC United. There are 28 third prizes: $25 giftcertificates to Modell's Sporting Goods.

Tickets can be purchased in person, with members of the Annandale RotaryFoundation available by appointment to meet ticket purchasers at 12 locationsin Rosslyn, Arlington, Alexandria, Annandale, Falls Church, McLean,Springfield or Burke, VA. Further information is available on the Euro 2008Raffle website at or at 703-528-6552.

The Annandale Rotary Foundation's Euro 2008 Raffle benefits, among others,Rotary International's PolioPlus Program, an initiative to immunize all of theworld's children against polio. Since 1985, more than 2 billion children havereceived oral polio vaccine.

The second beneficiary of the Euro 2008 Raffle is Score For Peace, aprogram of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy. Score For Peace usessports played on a global scale as a means for promoting nonviolentinteraction between peoples in conflict. The program arranges, sponsors andpromotes international sports matches with ancillary conflict-resolutionclinics and people-to-people programs to promote peace-building at all levels.

The third beneficiary of the raffle's proceeds is student scholarships atthe Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. As a part of George MasonUniversity in Fairfax, VA, ICAR is committed to the research and developmentof best practices that interrupt the cycles of violence around the world.ICAR is a Commonwealth Center for Excellence and is recognized for itsleadership in the field of conflict analysis and resolution.

"Mobilizing the passion for the global sport of soccer and the excitementof the Euro 2008 championship in the service of polio eradication andpeace-building is a winning proposition," noted Lester Schoene, the RotaryClub of Annandale Director for Administration and raffle coordinator. "Infact, it's a win for everyone -- soccer lovers, the beneficiaries of thisraffle and the world at large."

Contact: Dodge Fielding at or 703-528-6552

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SOURCE Annandale Rotary Foundation, Inc.

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