Family and friends came together July 19th to provide support one of their own. The Todd LeBlanc Benefit 50/50 Raffle, which took place in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, was one of the big events of the night, which also included a tournament and pig roast.
Mike Driscoll said more about the event and the recipient. “Our event was a fund raiser for Todd, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer,” Driscoll said, saying that the diagnosis came in April. “[LeBlanc] is out of work with bills piling up [and] the horseshoe club he belongs to did a benefit tournament and pig roast, and my wife–Todd’s sister–and I jumped on board by putting together the 50/50 raffle.”
There were many people who wanted to help LeBlanc through his terrible ordeal. To spread the word of the event, Driscoll said that word of mouth was used the most, as well as emails and Facebook. “Marketing worked because we recruited a number of people to sell tickets,” said Driscoll. ‘We had seven to ten people pushing tickets.”
The raffle, tournament and roast all went off without a hitch. “The event was a resounding success, from the weather, to the roast, to the fundraising,” said Driscoll. “It was a good time had by all.”
Did Driscoll have a special part of the event? “Some might say the food, it was awesome. Many would probably say the bonding going on during the tournament, and catching up with family and friends,” he said. “[P]ersonally I thought the generosity of everyone was just something see. Highlights would include Todd winning his own benefit horseshoe tournament, and the fact that the women who won the 50/50 raffle gave the whole amount $1800 to Todd.”
The event was one way people have come together to help LeBlanc and his family; there is also a YouCaring.com fund set up to help with LeBlanc’s hospital fees. If you’d like to donate, you can click here.
If you are working on your own benefit raffle, Driscoll said that it’s important to not stress with the ticket-selling process. “Don’t get frustrated selling tickets,” he said. “Eighty to ninety percent of the tickets don’t sell [until] the very end.”