Forbes House Annual October Reverse Raffle Now Virtual – Three-week online basket raffle leads up to the main virtual event on October 9th

PAINESVILLE, OHIO (September 4, 2020) – It seems as though the reverse in this year’s annual Forbes House Reverse Raffle has a deeper meaning than just the last number pulled, versus the first number being the winner.  As many have had to reverse their in-person event plans and change to a virtual event, this year’s reverse raffle benefiting Forbes House is no different.

Given the concerns surrounding COVID-19, Forbes House feels the best way to proceed during this global pandemic is to go virtual for 2020.  This was not an easy decision to make as the annual reverse raffle is an important event that helps to raise much needed funds to help end the cycle of domestic violence.  The event, which was renamed Cash Dash & Dinner Bash, will now run virtually on social media platforms and online via Zoom on Friday, October 9th at 7:00 PM.

“This year challenged us in an unprecedented way,” states Executive Director, Kathy Strancar.   “Recovering from an abusive relationship is difficult enough without having to contend with and cope with the concerns associated with the pandemic. The needs of those we serve did not stop, in fact they escalated in severity during the Governor’s “stay at home order,” which has given us extra inspiration to be creative and move forward with the event.”

Typically, an evening affair, the event is now a three-week online basket raffle and silent auction leading up to the main LIVE online event and pulling of the numbers.  Just as in-person, the event includes the mainboard ticket for a chance to win $2500 and $3, $5 and $10 sideboards, a virtual basket raffle, spirits table raffle, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and a wine pull.  Mainboard tickets are $50 and include the link to be part of the LIVE virtual event.  Tickets can be purchased at www.ForbesHouse.org along with sideboard tickets and all activity entries.

A twist to this virtual event is the offering of party packs to enjoy in the comfort of your own home while watching the livestream event.  Choose from the Classic Party Pack or the Extreme Party Pack.  Both include a fully prepared ready to go taco bar with all the fixings from Moe’s Southwest Grill, popcorn from local vendor Northcoast Corn Creations and donuts from Peace Love and Little Donuts.  The Extreme Party Pack includes a bottle of wine.

Starting September 22, the virtual basket raffle and silent auction link will be available on the Forbes House website. Different baskets and packages will be featured weekly and winners drawn at the end of each week.  There is a terrific line up of items!  The silent auction will also run at the same time as the basket raffle with the closing bid at 9:00PM on October 9th.

One of everyone’s favorites is the wine pull, where $20 buys you a surprise bottle of wine with one bottle specially marked winning $100 and 3 others receiving a surprise gift!  Wine Pull tickets must be purchased in advance on the website and then taken to World Wines and Liquor in Mentor October 5th – 8tth to pull your bottle of wine.

“The Cash Dash & Dinner Bash reverse raffle is our main fundraiser and we are excited to go virtual as it allows people from all over to participate in many different ways,” Strancar states.    The support we receive from the fundraiser enables us to provide free programs and services that help empower individuals and families to end the cycle of domestic violence.  Though we are virtually together for the event this year we can still make a real difference!”

Cash Dash & Dinner Bash is sponsored by Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Frantz Ward LLP, Griffin Technology Group, Handouts, Lake News, MediaOne Radio Group, Mimi Magazine, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Northeast Ohio Parent/Northeast Ohio Boomer, Sievers Security, The Lubrizol Corporation, The News-Herald, Women’s Journal Lake & Geauga and WINT Integrity Radio 101.5FM/1330AM.  For tickets and additional information visit www.ForbesHouse.org or call 440-357-7321.


About Forbes House

For more than 40 years, Forbes House has been empowering individuals and families to end the cycle of domestic violence. Lake County’s only domestic violence shelter offers a 24-hour crisis line, emergency food and shelter, counseling, support groups, legal advocacy and education and prevention programming.  Services are provided free of charge as limited resources should not be a barrier for anyone who needs help.