Last Thursday, AIDS Services of Austin discovered it will be one of the 18 Austin area agencies no longer receiving funds from the United Way of Greater Austin, a move that will result in an immediate loss for ASA of $55,000.
But soon, help will arrive in the shape of a brand new 2012 Toyota Prius Three courtesy of Austin real estate professional David Owen, his company A List Partners, and the philanthropic campaign, The Prius Project.
The Prius Project is raffling off the fully-loaded Prius to raise as much as $125,000 for ASA to help maintain its general operating budget and support the The Paul Kirby Fund, which provides assistance to people living with HIV and AIDS to pay their basic living expenses and medical bills.
Each raffle ticket costs $25.00 (or five tickets for $100.00), and only 5,000 raffle tickets will be sold. (That means the chance of your ticket winning the car is 1 in 5,000.) The winner will be announced on November 3 at an A List Partners event.
Tickets can be purchased online, from any member of the Octopus Club fundraising organization or anywhere the Prius Poject car shows up. Scheduled events include the upcoming ASA 25th Anniversary Celebration on October 6 and AIDS Walk Austin on October 21.
“The beauty of this campaign is that it is more than just writing a check once a year to a deserving organization,” Owen said in a statement Thursday. “The Prius Project is actually a way for a nonprofit to take a donation and leverage that donation to create five times the fundraising power.”
The current Prius is just the first in a line of cars to be raffled off to benefit ASA. Over the course of The Prius Project's 10-year philanthropic commitment, the goal is to raise $1.5 million for ASA.