Abused children and youth stand to benefit from the launch of central Alberta’s newest home lottery on Friday.
The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre Dream Home Lottery features $1.8 million in prizes, including the grand prize, an over $1.5 million dream home built by Abbey Platinum Master Built.
Located at 57 Larratt Close in Red Deer’s Laredo neighbourhood, the dream home boasts 4,607 square feet, three bedrooms, three and a half baths, five piece master bedroom ensuite, including steam shower and standalone tub.
In addition to a gourmet kitchen with side bar, premium granite, fully finished and heated triple car garage, basement and fully landscaped.
Mark Jones, CEO of the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre (CACAC) says funds generated from this lottery will help them build their new permanent home on the campus of RDC.
“We need central Alberta to have the collective courage to come together to talk about the invisible and make that invisible – visible,” he explains. “In order for us to move ahead, we need to start talking about these things that are happening out there in the world. Whether it’s the abuse world, people need mental health help, we need to be able to talk about that and be a part of the solution to make things possible.”
Jones admits it’s a heavy workload at their current facility.
“We’ve been a lot busier than we thought we would be but we recognize fully that we’re just going to get busier,” states Jones. “At this point in time, we have serviced 355 families and we’ve done 250 forensic interviews in our first year of operations.”
He reiterates the Lottery’s significance in raising the nearly $8 million needed to build their new facility at RDC.
“It will not only house opportunities for us in our interventions programs but it will help us to be able to create programming with Red Deer College and the prevention side of it,” adds Jones. “If we were to sell this lottery out, we would raise $1.6 million.”
Jones says they’re also very fortunate to have a commitment from Abbey Platinum Master Built to build dream homes for the next several years.
Abbey Platinum Master Built President Art Anastasi says it’s a privilege for them to build the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre’s dream home.
“I want to help people that can’t speak for themselves and can’t help themselves,” Anastasi explains. “When Terry (Loewen) came to me and mentioned about the Child Advocacy Centre, I was on side. I just couldn’t believe the more I learned about how much of a need there was for this cause.”
Additional prizes for the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre Dream Home Lottery include a 2019 Cadillac XT4, 2019 Toyota Corolla, signature diamond ring, family golf and recreation passes with 42 prizes in total.
The Dream Home Lottery also features early bird prizes and a Split 50 raffle where the winner can take home up to $500,000 if the raffle sells out.
Tickets start at $35 each, with more information at cacaclottery.ca.
Early Bird deadline is January 15, 2019 with a draw date of January 31, 2019.
Ticket cut-off is 11:00 p.m. March 10, 2019 with final draws beginning at 9:30 a.m. March 27, 2019 at the Grand Prize Dream Home.
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