GIVEAWAY ALERT: Dream charity raffle ticket!

At, we’re dedicated to all things community, not just because we say so, but because we give away a lot of money and time to charities in our community of Houston, TX and nation-wide. In partnership with one such worthy charity, we’re giving away a raffle ticket ($100 value) for The H.O.M.E. Foundation Raffle, which benefits its family of charities, offers ticket holders a 1 in 250 chance of winning seriously amazing prizes. One ticket gives you the chance to win:
–          Grand Prize: $500,000 – Fully-Furnished Dream Home in Southern California
–          Brand New Luxury Car
–          Disney Vacation Package: A 7 Night Package for 4
–          Italian Villa Retreat in Tuscany: A 7 Night Package for 4 includes Air & Car Rental
–          A Ritz-Carlton Ireland Getaway: A 7 Night Suite Package for 2 includes Air & Car Rental
–          Unique celebrity experiences, iPads and more
TO WIN: Post in the “Comments” section of this post by 11 p.m. on Sunday 3/6/11, and tell us: Why do YOU give back to the community?
One lucky commenter will be chosen at random!
The H.O.M.E. Foundation is an organization dedicated to helping charities during these tough economic times, announces the launch of its signature program – The H.O.M.E. Foundation Raffle.
Homefoundation “We developed and launched this raffle with one purpose – to help our family of charities reach their fundraising goals and bring awareness to their praiseworthy causes,” said Frank Verdugo, president of The H.O.M.E. Foundation.  “At the same time we are providing an exciting opportunity to win luxury prizes including a new fully-furnished dream home in Southern California.”
Amazingly enough, if you win the home, YOU DON’T HAVE TO PAY THE TAXES. Unlike Oprah’s giveaways, this one is tax free.
For a chance to win the fully-furnished dream home and other luxury prizes, raffle tickets can be purchased for $100 at, or by calling (855) 288-HOME.  Proceeds from the raffle benefit The H.O.M.E. Foundation’s family of charities.
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  1. Faith (Faithie) O'Halloran Reply

    I am honored to give back to community by working with a local food bank where the homeless come by the thousands weekly, as well as with inner-city kids, and a rehab center because I am so grateful to be alive and have a passion for helping people.

    My hope is to have enough money to open a resource center to help the homeless in a greater way in my community. Once you are there, looking thehruting in the eyes, you feel a compassion and love so much greater than you had ever imagined when you looked on from a distance.

    The stories I have heard of what people have lived through are mind-blowing and incredible. So many were once higly paid executives, owners of companies, those who suffered a traumic experience and could not recover from it.

    Many sleep in parks, behind trash cans, and live in fear — it is so heart-breaking. It is my honor to be there to hear the stories and do my best to encourage them. We can all have to joy of giving back to the community because to help others is to really feel alive. Giving out a blanket can save a life. Acting as a volunteer counselor can actually help keep them going by saying the most simple things and just listening means so much to these people.

    At the rehab center, for example, you meet people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time and were shot by gang gun-fire and have lost use of there bodies. They have so many needs and just making them smile or laugh when they are facing such seemingly insurmountable challenges is amazing. Little things we can do to help those in need really matters and puts most people's lives in real perspective. It gives such a deep personal satisfaction.

    The happiness giving to the community in these ways brings, a greater reward that money could ever buy. Giving time to others is very under-rated. It is a thrill. It's the places where you find the True Riches!

  2. cindi b. Reply

    I give back to my community because it makes the world a better place for all of us. It makes you appreciate all that we have living here in the good old USA.

  3. I give back to my community because it makes a better world for all of us to live in. It makes you appreciate all wonderful things we have in this world.

  4. Jeni Herrera Reply

    I give back because I am blessed. I was born in a country that has it all, I have been given so many things, and was handed that luck through birth alone. We have no idea how wonderful USA is and what we can achieve here, and giving back is the way to thank this country for being what it is.

  5. jodi adams Reply

    I give back to my community to show my children how important it is to help others.

  6. Frances Monitzer Reply

    I give back because it is our obligation to help care for those of us less fortunate. My Mom used to say that we always help others because one day we may need the help and those we helped will help us.
    I also think that for everytime I give, it teaches those who receive, that it is good to give. I taught my daughter the same philosophy.

  7. Lauren Wigginton Reply

    I give back to the community because growing up, so much was done for me through my community. This is such a great giveaway and I wish more people out there would realize that everyone needs to come together to help others out who are less fortunate. The world would be a much better place!! Thank you for this opportunity!!

  8. Jaclyn O'Connor Reply

    I give back, because it is the right thing to do. I grew up with a Mom & Dad who constantly reminded us to give back to the community and to people in need. My Dad, passed away about 8 years ago when I was a Senior in High School. What he taught me while he was still here with me, will, never ever be forgotten. My Dad grew up with NOTHING. Lived in a small one bedroom apartment with a single Mom and 2 older brothers. His Dad took his own life when he my Dad was only 4 years old. My Dad lived in a tough neighborhood and was alone most of his young life.
    My Dad was able to learn from his family, that family really came first. But, he also decided to make his life more comfortable (financially). He was an entrepreuner and he was fortunte to be able to give back to organizations and our community. He was able to pass on that type of attitude to me and my siblings. We are so lucky that we have the Dad we did for so long before he lost his precious life to cancer. I will continue to give back the rest of my life. Every time I do, I think of my Dad.

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