Charger Reverse Raffle raises over $23K for Edison State Athletics

Staff report

PIQUA — Supporters recently came together at Edison State Community College’s Piqua Campus for the 12th annual Charger Athletics Reverse Raffle fundraiser to support Edison State Athletics. Over 250 people were in attendance, which awarded one lucky ticket holder the $10,000 grand prize.

This year’s event brought in $23,492.99 for the athletics program through the sale of tickets, a silent auction, and other activities. Nearly $15,000 in prize money was awarded to winning ticket holders, including the grand prize winner, Buckeye Charters, Ltd.

“The money we raise through this event helps offset many of the costs that our athletic teams incur throughout the year. It also provides a lot of opportunities our student-athletes may not normally have, such as traveling to and participating in postseason tournaments,” said Nate Cole, Edison State Athletics Director.

Over 25 additional items were available in a silent auction that were donated by area businesses, community members, and athletic teams, which also contributed to the funds raised.

“We had a tremendous outpouring of support from people in the community and right here at Edison State, and we can’t thank them enough for making the event successful,” said Cole.

“This was a great event with a lot of winners,” added Dr. Rick Hanes, VP of Advancement, Strategic Planning, and Partnerships & Executive Director of The Edison Foundation. “We’d like to thank all of the supporters of the Edison State Athletics Department and The Edison Foundation.”

Originally known as the Charger 300, the Charger Athletics Reverse Raffle began in 2010 to provide funding for postseason play and offset expenses beyond the Edison State Athletics budget. The need for an annual fundraiser for the athletic department grew from the Charger teams winning National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XII titles, District G titles, and moving on to compete at the NJCAA Division III Final Four.

Over the past seven years, $123,319.54 raised from previous Charger athletic reverse raffle events have been used to purchase team uniforms and equipment, provide team facility upgrades, and cover expenses associated with postseason play.

Edison State’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and softball teams compete in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) and are Division II members of the NJCAA.

A complete list of raffle winners can be viewed at www.edisonohio.edu/charger.