Foundation breaks new ground with fundraising offer

DEARBORN — The Dearborn Public Schools Education Foundation is hosting the Big Shot 50/50 raffle with the grand prize being $50,000.

Tickets — only 100 will be available at $1,000 each — will be sold through Dec. 12, or until they are sold out, which ever comes first. The winning ticket will be drawn Dec. 12 at the foundations’ 20th anniversary celebration.

“We set out to create a unique opportunity that will not only help the kids in our classrooms but can also provide a big pay-off for a group or organization,” DEF Executive Director Eddie Fakhoury said.

“We always keep trying new, creative, fun, and unique ways to support our students and classrooms and this gives our community a chance to get behind our teachers and school district in a big way,” Fakhoury added.

Businesses, neighborhood block groups, athletic teams, clubs, civic organizations, community groups, or individuals can buy a ticket for themselves or donate it back to a local school-related organization. Tickets are available at or at the DPSEF office, at 18700 Audette.

Genevieve Vang, owner of Bangkok 96 and Thai Feast frozen food line, purchased a ticket, then donated it to an elementary school in the district. Vang said she would like to see more businesses come together and sponsor a ticket on behalf of a school or charity in the community.

“If I buy a ticket for a school, the foundation receives my support and they can help our teachers plus the school may win $50,000 and the kids and teachers in that school will benefit tremendously,” Vang said.