Our cruise raffle was held last week on December 14th, at our Monroe office during the CAMEO program Hanukkah party. One of the participants pulled the winning ticket.
Mark H from Freehold was the winner. There is a story behind his winning. Mark and his wife have not gone on a vacation since 2005. They were busy working and things in life kept happening – births, deaths, good times and bad, as happens to all of us.
This year they would make time to go. They decided that with the money they had put aside for a vacation they would buy raffle tickets for the cruise JFS offers through the generosity of Celebrity Cruise Lines. This way they would support JFS and all the people JFS helps would benefit. With the $2,000 that was earmarked for vacation they bought 60 tickets. If they won the cruise valued at $2,500 how wonderful it would be. If they didn’t – so they would wait a few more years to go on vacation. They felt either way they were doing a good thing.
When they bought the tickets they had no idea how many tickets would be sold and had no idea what the odds would be to win. This year 123 tickets were sold, 60 tickets were theirs. Basically it came to a 50/50 chance of winning. Luck was on their side and one of Mark’s tickets was drawn. Right now they have no idea when and where they will be going, but they know this year they will finally be taking a vacation. Maybe it’s because they did a good thing.