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Asheville's Big Brothers Big Sisters raffles cabin in Smokies



5/26/2011 - Asheville's Big Brothers Big Sisters raffles cabin in Smokies
by Sandra V. Rodriguez

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              ASHEVILLE -- Joe Potter came this close to owning a log cabin a stone's throw from the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Potter won the first log cabin raffle held by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina in October, but since fewer than the minimum 4,500 tickets had been sold, he walked away instead with a cash prize.

"I don't usually enter a raffle like that, but Big Brothers Big Sisters, they do good things," Potter said.

The nonprofit is once again selling tickets for the chance to win a cabin valued at more than $280,000. The organization hopes to sell at least 4,200 tickets for the July 4 drawing. (Find details and buy tickets at

"Our main goal is to sell enough tickets to give away the cabin," said Executive Director Robin Myer. "As an organization, and as a board, we have to give away the cabin this year or we have lost credibility."

The fundraiser last year netted about $40,000, helping the agency increase its overall fundraising total by 7 percent.

That was one of the reasons the national Big Brothers Big Sisters named the Western North Carolina nonprofit one of 18 Gold Standard award winners out of 450 agencies nationwide.

"I am very pleased with where we are," Myer said. "This is a tough time for everybody, and the fact that people are still looking at kids looking at the future when there are so many immediate concerns is especially gratifying."

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