Here's what you can win with one
in the local Junior Achievement's annual raffle, all for the upcoming seasons:
- A pair of season tickets for the Steelers (starting next month)
- A pair of season tickets to the Penguins
- A pair of season tickets to Pitt men's basketball
- A pair of season tickets to Pitt football
- A pair of season tickets to Duquesne men's basketball
- A pair of season tickets to Penn State football (with a parking pass)
- 10 luxury seat tickets for the Pirates
- A pair of tickets to the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Championship "Frozen Four"?at the Consol Energy Center
While this is the third year for the Golden Ticket "Ultimate Pittsburgh Sports Fan Package," it just keeps getting bigger, with the Pirates and Frozen Four tickets added this year.
How does JA offer so much to one winner? It's the generosity of board members and other donors, says Sarah Murtha, senior events manager for Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania. The tickets, at $50 each, offer four chances to win the top prize, and only 2,500 tickets at most will be sold. The winning ticket will be the Pennsylvania Lottery Big 4 evening drawing number on Aug. 30.
"We've never sold out," says Murtha, "but we're hoping to sell out this year."
Fifty dollars will support two students through JA in 2012-13, she explains. The youth-development organization teaches children how to work smartly toward their own economic success, with volunteer teachers bringing the JA curriculum to K-12 classrooms. "We really want to expose students to what it means to be successful in your career … and to live economically smart," Murtha says. It offers lessons about everything from credit cards to insurance, including the all-important difference between needs and wants.
These volunteer teachers can be "anyone who is in the world of work," or indeed any adult, she adds, since "we put them through a very good training." Currently, the local branch also has School of Education students from Robert Morris University, LaRoche College and Duquesne University volunteering, as well as high schoolers teaching lower grades.
"They're some of the strongest JA teachers we have," Murtha says. "They can't teach business experience … but they can talk about choosing a college path."
Writer: Marty Levine
Source: Sarah Murtha, Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania