More than $2 million in prizes awarded; over $3 million raised for San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House
East County News Service
May 20, 2018 (San Diego) - Raising more than $3 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego® to support families of hospitalized children, the 14th Annual Dream House Raffle with more than 2,300 prizes awarded, including grand prize winner Anthony Strom from San Diego, who receives his choice of $1.3 million paid as an annuity over 20 years or $900,000 as a one-time cash payment.
John Nasshan of Jamul was the second grand prize winner and received his choice of a 2018 Maserati GranTurismo Sport Convertible, two-week vacation to Australia and New Zealand via private jet or $125,000 cash.
Robert Koehler of Seattle, Washington was the winner of the multi-ticket drawing and received his choice of a 2018 Range Rover Sport PHEV or $50,000 cash.
The funds raised will support more than 14,000 family members who use Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego’s services every year – including lodging, meals and emotional support. San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” that keeps families close to one another while a critically-ill or injured child is in a local hospital.
“While we made many ticket holders’ dreams come true today, we were more importantly able to raise $3 million that will allow us to serve families going through the unthinkable, regardless of their situation or ability to pay,” said Chuck Day, President and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. “We are grateful for every Dream House Raffle ticket purchaser who believes in our organization’s mission to support families in medical crisis.”
This year, the Dream House Raffle sold 44,402 raffle tickets. While not enough raffle tickets were sold to make the grand prize home available as a prize option, more than $2 million in prizes were awarded to winners. Raffle net proceeds help provide much needed support for families using Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego’s services. For a full list of prizes, winners and raffle rules, visit sdraffle.com.
Founded in 1980, Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provides a “home away from home,” which keeps families close to one another and the care they need when their child is being treated for serious, often life-threatening conditions at local hospitals. San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House was specifically designed to provide the necessities of home – including 55 bedrooms, a kitchen and a children’s play area – to help strengthen families and bolster their psychological well-being during difficult times regardless of their situation or ability to pay. The Ronald McDonald House creates an emotional and physical sanctuary for more than 14,000 family members each year. To learn more, visit rmhcsd.org.