Port Cares 50/50 draw reaches over $10,000 in time for deadline

Port Cares press release – One lucky winner will be taking home over $10,000 –and growing— in cash for the Caring for Port Cares 50/50 draw.

The online draw that launched August 10, is coming up to $20,000 in total; half of which the winner will take home once the winning number is drawn at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity that we’ve seen through ticket purchases for this first draw,” says Port Cares executive director, Christine Clark Lafleur. “The money raised will benefit hundreds of children and families in need in Port Colborne and across South Niagara.”

The draw transpired out of a need to recoup $150,000 in lost funding that was usually raised through fundraising events, which were cancelled due to the pandemic. This is the first of four draws that will take place over the next year.

The community came together in support of Port Cares new 50/50 draw, which local restaurants displaying promotional materials and putting stickers on takeout orders, prescription bags at Boggio’s Pharmacy and grocery bags at Sobeys in town. Due to the demand for cash or debit sales, Port Cares brought in a handheld machine that allows them to sell tickets at their offices at 92 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne, after people were showing up asking to get their lucky tickets.

Three Early Bird draws took place on August 13, 20, and 27 for $100 gift cards to local stores.

“Here at Port Cares, our ability to serve the individuals, families and children who count on us has certainly taken a toll with the impact of Covid-19,” says executive director, Christine Clark Lafleur. “Social distancing has limited the services we provide in-person while demand for assistance in areas like our meal program for low-income people has skyrocketed. And now with the economic downturn coming out of the pandemic, we know that the need in our community is only bound to grow.”

Tickets are 5 for $10, 20 for $20 and 100 for $40 at portcares5050.ca.

“We’re so excited to draw the winning ticket, which we will be broadcasting live on our Port Cares Facebook page at 6:00 p.m. this Thursday,” Clark Lafleur said. “The winning number will also be posted at portcares5050.ca and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. $10,000 can make a big difference in someone’s life and we’re happy to bring that news to someone tomorrow!”

The Port Colborne community has shown fantastic support, but the great part about the online draw is that anyone 18 years and over can buy tickets across Ontario.