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This Raffle is being conducted by a fully recognized 501(C)(3) charity. All profits will go to support worthy causes!
Photographs taken while on actual deployments to disasters zones. This Raffle is all about helping others!
This seems too good to be true!
We get it, that's we what thought too—at first.
Let's be honest... when you hear about an opportunity or possibility to win a dream home in some exotic location (or even in your own back yard for that matter) that's worth hundreds of thousands of dollars—your first instinct is to be dubious.
And you should be cautious. At first.
But, the facts are the facts. Go online and you'll see there are other charities doing the exact same thing in an effort to raise funds for important projects and wonderful causes that change the lives of others. In other words, it's not only possible, there's proof that it's perfectly legal and it's been done before. Many times!
According to one article, "Dream house raffles are a relatively new way of raising money for charities such as art centers, community services and programs for families whose children are fighting terminal illnesses." As a charity ourselves, we wanted to find a unique and exciting way to raise funds and this made perfect sense. Not only do we get to give someone a chance of a lifetime, but we also get to make a difference in the lives of countless others in developing nations like Haiti and Nepal.
Here's just a few examples of some amazing raffles:
And there are many more examples to be found of lucky winners walking away with massive dream properties for nothing more than the cost of a raffle ticket. It happened for them, and it could happen to you! While we have not way to know if we'll sell enough tickets to actually give the property away, we're going to do our best to encourage as much participation as we can in an effort to sell as many tickets as possible. Worst case, we award the "alternative grand prize", which is a cash prize to some lucky winner. But one thing is for sure, if you don't buy one, you'll never win.
Scores of charities, just like us, raffle off properties and all sort of other cash prizes throughout the United States and in other countries. If they can do it, we believe we can too! Here are handful of recent examples:
- Ronald McDonald House
- Special Olympics Dream
- St. Jude Childrens Hospital
- Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art
- The Boys and Girls Club
- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
- The Hope Institute for Children and Families
What is the Island Raffle?
The Island Raffle website, and the initial "Win a Scottish Island Estate" is a fundraising effort for Boots on the Ground, a fully recognized charity. After the initial raffle is complete in 2017, the site will be re-developed to present subsequent raffles and other prize opportunities as a continued, and perpetual fundraising site, in an effort to change lives.
Who do the proceeds benefit?
While some lucky winners may walk away with property, cash, and/or other prizes—the important part of this is that the profits from this raffle will go to support those who are far less fortunate than ourselves by funding projects developed by Boots on the Ground. As a fully recognized charity, our focus is to make a difference in the lives of others. So rest assured in the knowledge that your participation, even if you don't win, is a gift to others.
From Haiti to Nepal, Japan to The Gulf Coast—We Deploy at a Moment's Notice To Help.
This short video is "a day in the life" of our volunteers during our first deployment to Haiti. Our experiences there became the catalyst for officially establishing Boots on the Ground as a charity. Without you, we'd not be able to save lives.
Warning: the following content may contain elements that are not suitable for some audiences. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.
Boots on the Ground (BOTG-NGO) is fully recognized 501(C)(3) international non-profit humanitarian aid and charitable organization dedicated to providing in-field emergency and primary medical care and other assistance required to sustain life, facilitate recovery, and to encourage and promote long-term development, stability, and peace in underserved areas of the world.
We've deployed all over the world, often out of our own pocket, with little or no external support, to provide care to those in need after some of the worst disasters in modern history including Hurricane Katrina, Haiti after the earthquake there killed more than 300,000 people, Japan after the Tsunami destroyed much of the northern coast wiping out countless villages, and Nepal when an earthquake destroyed centuries old landmarks, killed thousands of men, women, and children, and cut of entire populations from assistance.
Our medics and support volunteers have directly participated in search and rescue operations that have saved lives, performed critical surgeries in the street with limited resources using the lights from mobile phones, and fed, clothed, and sheltered families. We also provide assistance to orphanages, schools, and other worthy programs. This is serious business. So this raffle is all about raising funds so we can help others. While you may or may not win a prize, know that your financial contribution will go to good use.
Where is the Scottish Island Dream Estate located?
Watch this cool Earth zoom video to see where the property is located.
The Isle of Arran is just off the West Coast of Scotland in Great Britain, and is easily accessible from Prestwick (PIK), Glasgow (GLA), and Edinburgh (EDI) International Airports by way of the Port of Ardrossen. There you have to take a short ferry to Brodick, which is on the East coast of the island itself. Another ferry goes between the Kintyre Peninsula and Arran, arriving at Lochranza in the North of the island. Incidentally, that's also where the island's own Whisky Distillery is located, and the famous Lochranza Castle.
Watch this cool video produced by colorfulstudio.com that shows the Isle of Arran in amazing HD.
What can I do with the property if I win?
The real question is, what can't you do with it?
There's no strings attached. If we're able to raise enough funds to give the property away, you can pretty much do anything you like with it. Keep it, rent it, sell it. That's your call! But once you have it, you may never want to let it go!
Currently, the property is used to operate a seasonal business that caterers to tourists. Every year, many thousands of enthusiastic people flock to the the Isle (Island) of Arran because of it's close proximity to the mainland, and the fact that it has some of the most amazing sites, history, mystery, and folklore that you could ever hope for. In one amazing place!
Known as "Scotland in Miniature" because it truly represents the best that Scotland has to offer—Arran has everything. You can read what travel writer Robin McKelvie wrote about the island (and this very property!) here.
From massive mountains to long sandy beaches, heather covered glens and crystal clear pools to castles, ruins, and ancient standing stones. The Island is located just 1.5 hours from Glasgow with many ferries running each day. It’s the ideal, spectacular, peaceful retreat but still within striking distance of major cities like Edinburgh for a day out.
But why leave when the island has so much to offer? It's easy to fill your days stalking the famous Red Deer population, enjoying some of the best fishing in Scotland, kayaking to explore hidden coves, climbing spectacular mountain ridges, playing one of the many Island golf courses (there's seven!), watching the sea-life including basking sharks, otters, and seals, relaxing in a luxury spa resort, or simply sitting on your deck admiring the sun as it goes down over the sea across your very own land, relishing a fine single malt whisky from the Island's own local distillery.
You can continue to run the business and enjoy a nice income from the coffee shop, adventure park, and other offerings. You could rent out the commercial buildings to other business or use them for your own entrepreneurial ventures. You could even use one of the many on Island property managers to rent the property to tourists 25-30 weeks every year or more, giving you a substantial hands off income while still allowing you to vacation at your private estate anytime you like.
You're limited only by your imagination!
Are there any liens or debt on the Scottish Island Dream Estate?
No. The property is unencumbered from any debts and can legally be transferred. The following letter is provided for reference:
What if I'm from a different country?
This Charity Raffle is being conducted in the United States pursuant to US law by a US based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Any person who legally enters the Raffle is subject to US law and the Official Rules of this Raffle. Some countries may have laws that prevent or otherwise prohibit their citizens from entering this Raffle as a pure game of chance. For instance, UK citizens are required to participate in a "game of knowledge" after purchasing a ticket or tickets. In other words, UK citizens or persons subject to UK law must pass a trivia Quiz about the Isle of Arran composed of four random questions to be eligible for any prize offered. We are not aware of any other country that requires this measure. Please read the Rules if you require further information.
Can I buy in another currency?
Yes. While all tickets are sold in USD ($), your card issuer will automatically convert the purchase upon checkout and your bill will be reflected in your local currency based on the exchange rate they offer. Please read the Rules if you require further information. We have no control over the exchange rate and make no representations in that regard.
How will I receive my tickets?
An order confirmation and your ticket/s are sent by email instantly when your order is completed at checkout. The tickets are also recorded in your account, which you can login to at anytime.
If you haven’t received the email within a few minutes, please do the following:
- Check your junk and spam folders
- Make sure email settings allow for attachments
- Double check you entered in the correct email when you checked out. You can do this by logging into your account.
If you still haven’t received your tickets, please send us a support ticket in your account or use the contact page.
What if I change my mind after buying a ticket?
There are no refunds. Please see the Official Rules for more information and consider that this is a "charity raffle" where the profits go to help others in need. It would be far better if you held off, or didn't buy a ticket at all, than to purchase one and later change your mind. This is especially so in the cases of people who will purchase and then later file disputes with their banks, which costs us fees and takes away valuable resources better invested in fulfilling our mission to help others. We'd respectfully request that you keep this in mind and only buy a ticket if you're sure you want to participate, and are willing to accept the risks involved in such an activity. Thank you.
How will the winner be notified?
Upon completion of any raffle drawing, the winner will be notified by telephone and email. For this reason, it is important that you double check the details you provide upon check out, as well as, keep them updated in your account records. Please see the Official Rules for more information on the procedures used.
Who can enter the raffle or buy a ticket?
Generally, any person over the age of eighteen (18) years old may purchase a ticket and enter the raffle, unless otherwise prohibited by law. Any offer to participate is void where prohibited by law. The owner, or immediate family members of the current owner of the Property, or members of the Board of Directors of Boots on the Ground, and their immediate family members, are ineligible and may not purchase a ticket. See the Official Rules for details.
How many tickets will you sell?
Our primary goal is to raise funds to help us develop charitable projects designed to impact the lives of others in positive ways, so we've not placed any limitations on how many tickets can be sold in the Raffle.
Is my raffle ticket purchase tax deductible?
No. The IRS has taken the position that amounts paid for chances to win in raffles, lotteries, or similar drawings for valuable prizes are wagers, and consequently do not qualify as deductible charitable contributions. You can, of course, specifically donate to Boots on the Ground at our website or as an add-on when you buy a raffle ticket.
How will drawings be completed?
As a charity running the Scottish Island Dream Estate Raffle, we're obligated by law to manually choose winners at random. The details of of the Raffle(s) will be provided to the public via social media, as well as, posted on this website at the conclusion. All drawings will be done in the presence of a neutral third party to ensure impartiality, such as a Notary Public or Lawyer. The results will then be provided to the public once a winer(s) are notified.
What if I don't like the property? Is there a cash-prize alternative?
If we sell enough tickets to give away the property, the winner may choose to accept the property itself or the alternative cash prize as outlined in the Official Rules. If we do not sell enough tickets to give away the property by the end of the Raffle, or the property becomes unavailable due to circumstances beyond our control, the alternative cash prize will automatically be awarded to the winner of the Grand Prize drawing.
Where can I find the results of a raffle?
The results of any raffle will be posted to our social media accounts, and on this website.