Officials of the Shepherd’s House in Mount Airy have learned that money talks when it comes to the success of an event.
So in that vein, a $10,000 cash prize will on the line when the major annual event for the homeless shelter in Mount Airy is held in February.
That sum will be given away through the “Lucky 21 on 2/21” fundraiser, to be held on Feb. 21 at Cross Creek Country Club, which also will include dinner, live entertainment and other attractions.
A familiar method will be employed for the contest, a draw-down format in which numbered tickets are selected from a large container during the course of the evening, and marked off a corresponding grid placed on the wall.
The winner of the cash will be the holder of the last ticket drawn. In 2013, that distinction actually went to four different people, said the Rev. Phil Goble Jr., executive director for the Shepherd’s House.
As number after number was eliminated and the contest dwindled to the last four, three of the four ticket-holders who were present, and a representative of the fourth who was there, opted to share the $10,000 prize.
Goble said this meant accepting a guaranteed sum of $2,500 apiece rather than hold out for the chance to take home $10,000 — or nothing.
“This year, who knows what will happen?” Goble added.
Tickets for the $10,000 draw-down are limited and already have been on sale for several weeks. “They are available,” Goble said Monday, at a cost of $100 each.
Until last year, classic automobiles were the top prize for the draw-down contest, but the change was made to offer something with universal appeal which everyone can always use: cold hard cash.
“We got a great response last year,” Goble said of the switch made for the 2013 fundraiser from 2012, when the event offering a restored 1955 Ford Thunderbird raised more than $50,000 in overall proceeds to support the homeless shelter.
In addition to tickets for the draw-down contest, tickets for the dinner and entertainment portion of the gathering on Feb. 21 at the country club are available at $35 each.
Table reservations can be made now as well.
The annual event also will feature entertainment from the trio Mezza Voce, a silent auction, a dollar auction area and a drawing for a quilt made by Karen Springthorpe.
This year, special tables will be sold for $2,500. The “Winner’s Circle” tables will feature eight dinner tickets and four draw-down tickets and include a special reserved table with its own wait staff to serve that group for the evening.
“The Winner’s Circle seats will be special,” Jason Pike, the chairman of the board for the Shepherd’s House, said in a statement. “These tables will have special service and recognition throughout the night. It is a new feature that we believe will be well received.”
Those tables also will be in close proximity to the night’s entertainment – Mezza Voce, a musical group that has traveled the East Coast performing in events ranging from festivals to weddings, clubs and other special events.
The upcoming gathering also will include a silent auction for items such as an autographed Miami Dolphins football and a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill basketball, a mink coat, a stay at a beachhouse and more. The dollar-ticket tables will have numerous items from businesses and individuals in the area.
Tickets for the Lucky 21 on 2/21 draw-down are available from Tammy Gravely at 336-789-8246; Rhonda Crossingham at 336-687-0944; Farah Davis at 336-783-8224; Robbie Gardner at 336-789-1519; Kelly Hiatt at 336-429-8480; Dianna Cox at 336-374-9453; Shannon Hardy at 336-648-9940; Mike Bowman at 336-755-7668; Lori Willis at 336-429-9877; Jason Pike at 336-710-5083; or the Shepherd’s House, 336-786-1420.
Table reservations can be arranged with Traci Haynes at 336-755-8832.
Event organizers stress that all proceeds will benefit the Shepherd’s House. Since opening in 2003, it has assisted more than 1,400 women, children and families, along with providing more than 108,000 meals and 35,000 nights of shelter.
Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-719-1924 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.