Established in 1965, HAWS assists over 6,000 animals and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors annually. As an "open admissions" shelter we lead the community in animal welfare and assure sanctuary for all animals in need, regardless of age, health or temperament. HAWS is a non-profit, entirely donor-fund organization with an active humane education program, and both wildlife and companion animal rescue services for Waukesha County.
HAWS License #267280-DS
While getting the invitations ready to print for HAWS upcoming Men at Work party, we were given a harsh dose of reality. Along with the renewal for our raffle license was enclosed the following notice, printed on burn-your-corneas-pink paper:
"Phone, Internet, mail, and any other form of non face-to-face sales of raffle tickets are strictly prohibited by both federal and state law."
Anyone who has received one of our fall fundraiser invitations in the past via mail (or many other charitable invites for that matter) has probably also received a few raffle tickets along with - indicating if you'd like, please send back the stubs with the requisite funds for them. If you don't want them, you're free to toss them in the recycling bin.
Well, apparently THAT'S a big no-no - and has been before, but up until now was not enforced. It makes one wonder why now, suddenly, it is of the utmost importance to clarify this issue. We suspect it is due to internet fraud, but who knows...
What we DO know is this: in past years, we were able to sell $7500+ in raffle tickets - in the weeks leading up to our big fundraising event and at the event itself, with our donors having the option of mailing in their raffle tickets, or purchasing them online via our event web page, etc. So, we're scrambling to make that up!
PSSSST: Wanna buy a raffle ticket? They're $10 each or 3 for $25, and the prizes allow you to (1) "Build" your Nest Egg (cash and a really neat birdhouse - worth $300+), (2) "Build" your Music Library (an iPod Touch - worth $250), and (3) "Build" your Green Space (a tree from Piala's - worth $400).
By the way - all the information and tickets for our Men at Work party are available on our website - including the information on our "Build" Raffle (you can't purchase tickets for that other than at the shelter or the event itself, but at least you know, after reading about the prizes, that it'll be worth the trip - or the price of admission!) Heck, you wanted to see how the build was going at the shelter anyway, so this give you an excuse...right?!