From Garfield High School parent Kathy, news of a chance to buy tickets to an unusual school-benefit raffle:
Tomorrow night from 4-7:00 at the West Seattle PCC, Garfield High School will sell tickets for their Tesla Sedan raffle. That is right! We are only selling 1,650 tickets for a chance to win a Tesla sedan! The 2013 car of the year. All electric, it can go 300 miles on one charge. $100 will get you a ticket. The winner will be drawn at Garfield’s auction on Friday, March 1st. You need not be present to win. Proceeds from the raffle go towards hiring a counselor in the High School & Beyond Career Center.
You can read more about the raffle on the Garfield website.
ADDED MONDAY: Frpm Phil Sherburne of the Garfield PTSA, in an exchange when we asked a few followup questions: “This raffle just shows to what extent parents need to go to raise money to make up for state cuts in important programs at the high school. (Last year) the raffle prize was a Nissan Leaf electric car. We chose electric cars because they speak to the future which is what education is also about. This year the prize is the Tesla S Sedan–300 mile range. This is a spectacular car–a real breakthrough. The car costs us $85,000. Tesla reserves the car for us. We don’t have to pay for it until after the raffle. This was important because we want the winner to be the first owner of the car. That way there is no sales tax on the car and the winner is eligible for a $7500 tax credit. Last year we cleared $40,000 for the school and with this year’s raffle we will clear $80,000 if we sell all the tickets.”