As we mentioned in an earlier posting, a good friend, Ernie Sparks, who owns Ernie’s London Apothecary in London, Ohio, donated his son’s 2003 Mini Cooper S to Black and Orange Cat Foundation (in the photo, you can see Ernie’s son, Nick, with the Mini when he first got it). The car has around 130,000 miles on it now and has a retail book value of over $12,000.

We are going to raffle the Mini off and we now have raffle tickets available. One ticket is $50. We are selling a minimum of 200 tickets. The drawing for the Mini will be held on December 15 as long as 200 tickets have been sold. Any tickets over the 200 will just give us more money to spay and neuter more kitties. 

With the $50 for the raffle ticket, we can spay approximately one female cat or neuter two male cats. From 2006 to 2009, we have sterilized 2,320 cats (so far in 2010, we have spayed and neutered between 250-300 cats). 

The rules for the raffle are this:

You must be 18 or older to enter.

You do not need to be present to win–we will call you or email you if you are the winner. Don’t worry, we will get hold of you somehow.

The winner is responsible for any taxes or fees associated with the transfer of the title. The winner is also responsible for arranging pick up of the car (although, if you ask us, we are sure we can help figure out a way to meet part way if you live outside of the central Ohio area).

The car is sold “as is.”

We had thought about limiting the number of tickets you could buy, but we decided against that. So if you want to buy two tickets or three tickets or more, you can. There will still be only a limited number of tickets sold, so you will have very good odds no matter if you buy one ticket or half a dozen tickets.

You can purchase a raffle ticket by stopping in to Plain City Druggist, 480 South Jefferson Avenue in Plain City (across from Der Dutchman Restaurant). We will also have tickets for sale at our upcoming adoption events at PetSmart. Our volunteers will also be selling them throughout the community and at their work places. 

If you don’t live near Plain City, you can also purchase tickets by mailing a check or money order made out to Black and Orange Cat Foundation to P. O. Box 126, Plain City, Ohio 43064. Please indicate on the check or in a note how many tickets you want. I will then fill out the raffle ticket with your information (please make sure you include your phone number or email address so we will be able to reach you if you win) and mail you back the half of the ticket that you must keep until the drawing.

Again the drawing will be held on December 15 if we have sold 200 tickets by that time. By selling 200 tickets, we will raise $10,000 to help area cats. 

I want to thank Ernie Sparks for helping us and the kitties with this super donation. This was a total surprise and we are so happy to have this opportunity to “sterilize a carload of kitties” with the proceeds from the raffle tickets for the Mini.

Mini Raffle Tickets flyer2

To print out a copy of the flyer about the Mini Cooper S raffle, click on the link above. If you would like more info about the raffle or would like me to email you a Mini flyer, please just send me an email ( and I’ll be more than glad to help in any way I can!

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