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  • Writer's pictureRita Zurcher

Feed the Hungry Surfboard Raffle

Updated: Aug 20, 2020

The economic strife caused by the pandemic has swept through the Coachella Valley hard and fast. The sudden shutdown, the school closures, the travel bans, the cancellation of major events--BNP Paribus Open, Coachella Music Festival, Stagecoach, etc., all contribute to the swift decline in jobs and income for many Valley residents...and the need for food.

Today, instead of cars with visitors and tourists to the Coachella Valley, the cars are filled with residents waiting in long, hot lines at local food banks. The surge in demand, coupled with the shortage of volunteers, has even called out the California National Guard and the California Conservation Corp to assist in packing and distributing food to those in need.

Dave Hilts, Coachella Valley Surf Club founder, has witnessed these long lines at food banks and figured out a way to help their cause. He is raffling off a custom Guy Takayama Longboard to raise some cash to donate to them. The retail for this awesome board is $1500. It is 9'8" long 3"1/8 thick. Guy will hand sign it for you. You can ride this truly beautiful surfboard or display it. Click on the image below for a full-screen slideshow of this great surfboard.

For your chance to be the owner of the signed Guy Takayama Longboard, buy one of twenty raffle tickets. One raffle ticket costs $100.and bought on PayPal:

Your raffle ticket will be mailed to you. Your chance of winning is dependent on the total number of tickets bought, not to exceed twenty. However, should we not receive a minimum of ten entries, your $100 entry fee will be refunded to your method of payment used on PayPal.

We will notify you by email about the date, time and details of the virtual drawing which will be held on Zoom. The winner need not be virtually present to win.

The winner will be notified by email. Dave will personally deliver the surfboard to anywhere in Southern California. Anywhere else, he'll box it and you can arrange shipping.

Your raffle ticket entry fee is considered a charitable contribution and is tax-deductible. The proceeds will go directly to supporting the food banks in the Coachella Valley which have the herculean task of feeding the hungry.

The donations to the surfboard raffle will go directly to the St. Margaret's Episcopal Church Neighbors-4-Neighbors Program at St. Margaret's, 47535 Highway 74, Palm Desert, CA 92260. Although Neighbors-4-Neighbors does more than just act as a food bank, the pandemic has now focused them on only food provisions. Their food lines have nearly doubled from 400 per week to 750. The N4N website is here.

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