(May. 04, 2004 - San Antonio, TX)
The Christian Outdoor Alliance today announced its 2004 Send a Kid to Camp Raffle. Kids who want to attend COA's Hunting and Fishing Adventure Camp this summer can earn their full tuition by selling the raffle tickets. The winner will get a prize package worth $10,000 that includes a premium custom-built deer rifle, plus a once-in-a-lifetime trophy whitetail buck hunt. Taxidermy and meat processing are also included.
The prize hunt is being offered by Panhandle rancher Ed Wessner, whose game-rich property in recent years has produced free-ranging trophy whitetails up to 196 3/8-inches on the Boone and Crockett scoring system. During the 2003-2004 deer season, youth hunter Tom Isaacs harvested his now-famous 223 2/8-inch buck on a ranch near Wessner's property. Unlike virtually all other fundraising programs for kids, 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to their camp scholarships.
"For boys and girls to go to camp absolutely free, they just have to sell 40 or so tickets, for most camp sessions," said COA camp director Mike Marbach. "With a prize and a cause this good, we're finding that's not too hard."
"Last year, with prizes worth only a tenth this much, and with a lower price per ticket, we had several campers earn a full scholarship to camp. This year, it's even easier," said Marbach. Billed as "The Ultimate Dream Camps," COA camps offer kids hands-on, in-the-field instruction from experts, plus opportunity to harvest fish and big game.
Sessions are available all summer long, some with different themes and specialties, ranging from seven to 11 days each. Marbach said that, thanks to the raffle and scholarship funds raised, COA has never had to turn a kid away from camp for financial reasons, with nearly two thirds of all campers receiving financial assistance. Adults, churches, and other groups may also sell tickets, with proceeds going to COA's general scholarship fund to help kids with financial need.
The prize rifle is being custom made by master gunsmith Jerry Hicks of Moriarity, NM, owner of Cross Canyon Rifle Co. It is a lightweight, highly-modified .25-06, equipped with a premium scope and a deluxe gun case. The rifle with scope has estimated value of $5,000.
Taxidermy is being furnished by Buell's Taxidermy in Kerrville, and processing is being donated by McClouds Meat Processing in Ingram.
Raffle tickets are $25 apiece, or five for $100. Find out more about COA camps, purchase tickets, or get set up to sell tickets by calling Marbach at 210-490-6529.