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Illinois Conservation Foundation Announces $50,000 Grand Prize Raffle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACTS:
Chris Young
217-557-1240
Illinois Conservation Foundation Announces $50,000 Grand Prize Raffle
Annual Illinois Sportsman�s Raffle to benefit youth outdoor education programs
SPRINGFIELD, IL � More than $65,000 in prizes will be awarded in the 2015 Illinois Sportsman�s Raffle, raising money for the Illinois Conservation Foundation�s youth outdoor education and conservation programs. Only 2,000 tickets will be sold for this exclusive fundraiser, giving supporters a chance to help pay for their holiday gifts.

Tickets cost $100 each, or buyers can purchase three for $250. The grand prize winner will receive $50,000, with $5,000 to a first-place winner, $2,500 to second place and eight additional $1,000 winners. 

As an added incentive this year, there will be two other ways to win cash prizes. The ICF is proud to partner with Bass Pro Shops, and store-exclusive entry forms can be picked up at Bass Pro Shops' Gurnee or Bolingbrook stores. Entries returned with an original flyer (copies not accepted) will be entered into an additional store drawing where the ICF will announce one $1,000 winner from EACH of the two stores.

�Proceeds from this raffle help the ICF inspire our next generation of conservation leaders,� said Eric Schmidt, Executive Director of the ICF. �The children in our programs experience conservation, education and outdoor recreation programs�often for the first time. We couldn�t provide these programs without charitable support.�

Opportunities for fishing, hunting and camping as well as conservation scholarships and classroom-based field trips are available through the ICF. Often, these programs come to life at the ICF�s Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Center, located on 750 acres near Rockford. 

�We�re happy to partner with such a great charity,� said Scott Grant, General Manager of the Gurnee Bass Pro Shops store. �The ICF provides programming to the youth who will continue our outdoor heritage in Illinois. We�re thrilled to be a part of introducing outdoor recreation to so many children.�

In addition to the Bass Pro Shops exclusive drawing, raffle tickets may be purchased online by visiting www.ilcf.org or by calling the Foundation at 217-785-2003. Drawings will take place on January 30, 2015.

If all 2,000 tickets aren�t sold, prizes will be adjusted to reflect the percentage of tickets sold. For example, if 1,000 tickets are sold, prizes will be 50% of the prize money above with the exception of the $1,000 store prizes, which will still be awarded. All business transactions and operations of this raffle take place exclusively in Sangamon County, Illinois. This raffle is being conducted in accordance with the Raffles and Poker Runs Act, 230 ILCS 15/0.01 et.seq. and the Sangamon County Raffle Ordinance. All funds are held in private accounts at the ICF.

The Illinois Conservation Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization established in 1994.  The Foundation�s mission, working in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and other partners, is to preserve and enhance the natural resources of Illinois by supporting and fostering ecological, educational, and recreational programs for the benefit of all Illinois citizens.  For more information on the ICF, or to arrange individual or corporate support for ICF educational and other programs, contact the Foundation at 217-785-2003 or online at www.ilcf.org.
 
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