Fundraising Events

Polar Plunges

Each year, the over 23 Polar Plunges brings together thousands of warm-hearted individuals from across the state.  It’s a great way for everyone – individuals, organizations and businesses – to support Special Olympics Illinois.  All funds raised go to provide programing and events for more than 23,100 traditional athletes and 13,000 Young Athletes participating in Illinois.

First Look for Charity

The First Look for Charity is the nation’s largest auto show and a formal gala benefiting Special Olympics Illinois and 17 other vital charities in the Chicagoland area. Now in its 31st year, the First Look offers complimentary hors-d’oeuvres, champagne, wine, soft drinks and desserts all on the show floor. Guests will also enjoy live music and have the chance to win a new vehicle. The Special Olympics Illinois hospitality suite typically opens all evening beginning at 6:00 pm. Enjoy the open bar, hors-d’oeuvres and complimentary coat check. Remember – this is a tax-deductible contribution.

Inspire Greatness Gala

The Inspire Greatness Gala is truly that, inspirational for all of those who partake, by what the athletes show them in ability, not disability. The athletes are also inspired to see the many people who support them at this black tie gala that raises over $1 million dollars for Special Olympics Illinois programming.

As Special Olympics Illinois’ most high end event, the program that gala-goers view is also second to none, culminating in a very moving and encouraging cinematic piece that promotes unification, ability and through sport, the confidence that is instilled in an athlete to succeed and be motivated to achieve off the field of play as well.

Illinois Special Olympics Foundation Golf Outing

Please join us for a day of golf and inspiration in support of Special Olympics Illinois hosted by our Foundation Board members at one of the most unique courses in Illinois!

The day will include 18 holes of golf, lunch, practice range, green fees, carts, forecaddies, on-course refreshments and a brief program with cocktails and dinner directly following golf.

Your participation will help create opportunities for 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 13,000 Young Athletes in Illinois through sport, health, education and community-building.

Chicago Duck Derby

It’s a signature annual fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Illinois! Thousands of spectators watch over 60,000 yellow rubber ducks splash into the Chicago River in downtown Chicago and race down the river towards the finish line. Usually taking place in early August, Race Day kicks off at 10 am, at 401 North Michigan Avenue with entertainment for the entire family. Splashdown for the Ducky Derby is at 1 pm. All proceeds benefit more than 23,000 athletes and over 17,000 Young Athletes across Illinois.

Softball & Baseball Fundraisers

In January, Special Olympics Illinois, Region K and Indoor Softball Inc. will hosts an Annual Girls Indoor Winter Fast Pitch Softball Tournament at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. All money raised from this tournament will benefit the over 1,600 Special Olympics Athletes competing in Region K.

Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash

The Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash at the Du Quoin State Fair is a signature fundraising event for Special Olympics Illinois. In early September, thousands of spectators will watch 11,000+ Ducks splash into the lake behind the Exhibition Hall on the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds and race towards the finish line.

Race Day kicks off at 1:00 pm with a parade! The ducks race at 3:00 pm, followed by entertainment for the entire family – live music, face painting, games, and an appearance by Splash, the Duck.

Coaster Challenge

Six Flags Great America and Special Olympics Illinois have teamed up for the Coaster Challenge. This event that happens in September, takes the run out of racing & ride your way to the finish line to support the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.

Simply register for $25, fundraise, and ride the distance of a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Marathon on Six Flags Great America world-class roller coasters. The earlier you register, the more time to work on fundraising.

Chicago Baseball Bash

This event that takes place during Spring Training in Mesa, Arizona is a Chicago-style party experience after a Cubs game filled with your favorite sports celebrities pouring beverages, signing items and comically entertaining the crowd. Past events have enjoyed, Joe Maddon, Joe Mantegna, Kyle Schwarber, Brian Urlacher and dozens more.

Appropriately, this event will be held in Mesa, the first-ever Autism Certified City in the U.S. designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), the result of nearly a year-long quest to tailor travel experiences for individuals with autism and their families.

Row 4 Dough

Support the athletes of SOILL by sweating for a cause –Row 4 Dough challenges teams to work together to reach a 5K, half marathon, or full marathon as a team on a row machine or in the water in the shortest amount of time.

This year, rowers can compete as a 5-person team (rowing 13.1 miles), a 10-person team (rowing 26.2 miles), or they can compete individually (rowing a 5K). In an effort to unite teams wherever they may be, teams will have the option to row in person or virtually.

Calendar of Fundraising Events

This calendar only displays fundraising events. For a full calendar of events, including state championships and regional qualifiers, please visit our Calendar of Events.

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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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O’Hare Plane Pull
7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Plane Pull Photos

Overall Top Plane Pull Times:

  1. Niles Police and Fire Department: 6.022 Seconds
  2. SDI Presence: 6.388 Seconds
  3. Cross Kicks Fitness Roselle: 6.710

Congratulations to our four divisional winners:

  • Open Division: SDI Presence 6.634 Seconds
  • Public Safety Division: Niles Police and Fire Department
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DuPage County Car Show
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Troy Truck Convoy
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Convoy Details

The Illinois Truck Convoy is a celebration of the trucking industry joining together with law enforcement to raise funds and awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Nash at 618-974-9010

Who can participate?

Truc

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LETR Truck Convoy
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

What is the Truck Convoy?

The Truck Convoy is a fundraising and awareness event that creates a unique partnership between law enforcement and the trucking industry to raise funds for Special Olympics so athletes can continue to train in year-round sports activities. Officers involved in the Law Enforcement

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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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2021 Southern Ducky Derby
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

COVID Procedures

All participants should self-screen prior to arriving at this event and should remain home if feeling unwell or displaying coronavirus symptoms.

All participants are required to wear a mask inside any Southern Duck Derby facilities regardless of vaccine status.

Unless fully vaccinated, parti

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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Tinley Park Truck Convoy
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Convoy Details

The Illinois Truck Convoy is a celebration of the trucking industry joining together with law enforcement to raise funds and awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. 

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Risley at krisley@soill.org or 309-533-3725

Who can

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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Region B – All Community Events World’s Largest Corn Maze 5K
6:40 am - 10:45 am

COVID Procedures

All participants should self-screen prior to arriving at this event and should remain home if feeling unwell or displaying coronavirus symptoms.

All participants are required to wear a mask inside Richardson’s Adventure Farm facility regardless of vaccine status.

Unless fully vaccinate

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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Harley-Davidson Raffle
All Day

Harley Davidson Finalists:

-Ticket No. 3061 Carl Bertoloth From South Barrington

-Ticket No. 3354 Pete Stevenson from Algonquin

-Ticket No. 89596 Kea Ball from Peoria

-Ticket No. 76685 Bob Patyk from Forrest Park

-Ticket No. 1557 Dana Parchem from Chicago Heights

-Ticket No. 1062 Collin Rice from

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Camper Raffle
All Day

Camper Finalists:

-Ticket No. 1478 Shirley DeMarchi from Schaomburg

-Ticket No. 1057 Mike Clemens from Sandwich

-Ticket No. 1623 Julia Heil from Oakwood Hills

-Ticket No. 86720 Trisha Bumbalough from Pekin


Beginning in 2020, the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run has sold tickets for a Camper Raff

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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Drury Lane Jazz Brunch
10:30 am - 2:00 pm

COVID Procedures

All participants should self-screen prior to arriving at this event and should remain home if feeling unwell or displaying coronavirus symptoms.

All participants are required to wear a mask inside Drury Lane regardless of vaccine status except when eating.

Unless fully vaccinated, participa

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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Tip a Cop – Texas Roadhouse
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Enjoy some delicious food served to you by local law enforcement, while supporting a great cause! 100% of donations will benefit Special Olympics IL.

Texas Roadhouse donates 10% of all food sales for the evening to Special Olympics Illinois! Dine in and to-go orders are included. Torch Run merchandise will also be

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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Inspire Greatness Gala
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

COVID Procedures

All participants should self-screen prior to arriving at this event and should remain home if feeling unwell or displaying coronavirus symptoms.

All participants are required to wear a mask inside the Hyatt Regency Chicago regardless of vaccine status. Masks may be removed during dinner.

Un

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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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Land of Lincoln / SOILL Raffle
All Day

Event Details

ABOUT THE RAFFLE

  • Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between a Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000 cash.
  • Over 150 prizes available.
  • Bonus Drawings Include: Appreciation Drawing, Early Bird Drawing and the Weekly Add-On Drawing.
  • Tickets are $30 each, 3-packs for $60, or 8-packs for $120. Add-On Tickets
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