Another dream-house raffle is winding down – before you spend $150 on a ticket, read last year’s story from the UT – an excerpt:
Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego has used consultant Neal Martin Zeavy to run its dream-house raffle at least since 2008. In the decade that he has run the event, the fundraiser has never sold enough tickets to result in a house giveaway.
Zeavy was paid $525,000 by the San Diego charity last year, according to the nonprofit’s tax returns. For context, Charles Day — the San Diego charity’s president and CEO — received $224,985, the tax records show. Zeavy has helped run dream-house raffles for at least five other nonprofits.Link
I happen to know the owner who’s house was being ‘auctioned” in this last last year, The Asian house on Mount Soledad. He had no intention of selling or even moving but told me he made 6 figures for participating.
They are giving the house away this year:
I didn’t check to see.
From the article:
Zeavy earned $17 million over a decade running dream house raffles across the western United States.
Day said the charity no longer has any business connection with Seattle-based consultant Zeavy.
The nonprofit said staff members are now running the raffle. Day said it was done to “ensure we are maximizing the proceeds which support the families who rely on our charity.”