By Alisha McDarris
For Hometown News
TREASURE COAST -- The YMCA of the Treasure Coast's biggest fundraiser of the year, the annual Easter House raffle, is wrapping up soon and tickets are still available.
This is the 27th year the YMCA has raffled off a house in the area, providing one lucky family with a brand new abode or $150,000 and thousands of others with YMCA scholarships.
Every $10 raffle ticket goes toward providing Treasure Coast children and families with scholarship dollars that they can use toward the dozens of programs that the YMCA offers.
"We don't ever want to turn anyone away for an inability to pay," said Robin Sutherland, Easter House Project Director. "Every year we provide thousands of scholarships with the money we raise."
That's what the Easter House raffle is truly all about.
"It's not just about the house," Ms. Sutherland said. "First and foremost we're supporting the children and families of the Treasure Coast."
Last year more than 60,000 raffle tickets were sold raising more than $250,000. This year the goal is to sell just fewer than 66,000 tickets for the house that is valued at around $50,000 more than last year's. As of Monday, 14,852 tickets still needed to be sold to meet that goal.
If not enough tickets are sold, prizes will still be given away, but the YMCA won't be able to offer scholarships to as many families on the Treasure Coast.
The house is 2,700-square feet with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage. It is located in the Highlands Reserve Community in Palm City and is valued at $294,990.
"It's a beautiful home in a great neighborhood," Ms. Sutherland said.
The model house is on display and open for touring, but the actual house to be awarded to one lucky individual will be built after the drawing so the winner can select details like the color of the tile, cabinets and countertops.
Of course, if the winner is happy with the home they have, they can opt for the $150,000 cash prize instead.
There's also a second prize this year that can only be won by purchasing three Easter House tickets at the same time. It is a 2014 Harley Davidson Dyna Switchback donated by Treasure Coast Harley Davidson and valued at $16,000. There are still 9,000 tickets left for the Harley Davidson.
Raffle tickets can be purchased at a local YMCA, at the Easter House, by calling (877) WIN-YMCA (877) 946-9622 or online at YMCAeasterhouse.org.
The model house is open for tours seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and is located at 1753 S.W. Swallowtail Way in Palm City.
Anyone hoping to win a beautiful new home, a bunch of cash or a shiny new motorcycle has until 3 p.m. on April 17, the day of the drawing, to purchase tickets.