This year, NFL teams had the opportunity to host a 50/50 raffle, where one lucky fan wins half of the net proceeds, while the other half is donated to a local charity, through the Hunt Family Foundation.
The Chiefs began the raffle program at the first preseason game on August 16th and through eight games have raised $106,337 for local non-profit agencies in the Kansas City area.
"This was the first year that the NFL introduced the 50/50 Raffle to NFL teams and the Chiefs organization was thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this program to local charities and Chiefs fans," Anne Scharf, Chiefs Business Operations Manager said. "The program offers a unique way to raise funds and to bring awareness to local charitable agencies that do so much to help those in need. "
Proceeds from each raffle are contributed through the Hunt Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by the Hunt Family in 1983 to support charitable agencies in the greater Kansas City community. Through philanthropy and community programs, the Foundation provides vital assistance to over 125-area charities each year.
One of the beneficiaries this year was Harvesters Community Food Network, which received $19,271 to provide meals to the Kansas City area.
"Harvesters loved being the recipient of the Chiefs 50/50 raffle in October," Paula Pratt, Harvesters Director of Community Outreach commented. "At a time that the need for food is great, the raffle enabled Harvesters to provide more than 96,000 meals in our community. It also was a fun and innovative way for us to share our mission to feed hungry people with the Chiefs Kingdom."
This year, proceeds have also benefitted Big Brothers Big Sisters, Third and Long Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Rose Brooks Center, The University of Kansas Cancer Center – Breast Surgery Center, Harvesters Community Food Network, Camp Quality of Greater Kansas City and Hy-Vee Homefront.
"The raffle has been a great way to enhance the game day experience," Brian Dunn, Chiefs Controller explained. "Fans have really embraced the community aspect of the raffle and often have personal ties to the charity. The raffle is also a great opportunity for lesser-known charities to get the word out to fans about their program and how the charity helps the community."
To purchase raffle tickets during the next home game, fans can look for Chiefs 50/50 sellers with hand-held devices around the parking lots and inside Arrowhead Stadium before the game. During the game, fans can purchase a raffle ticket at four kiosk locations or from sellers around the stadium, through the end of the third quarter.
An update of the jackpot amount is posted on ArrowVision, throughout the game, as well as the Chiefs twitter account. So far, the largest amount won by a raffle ticket player is $19,271.