I’m not kidding. This is the chance of a lifetime. The Martha’s Vineyard Island Affordable Housing Fund and the Island Elderly Housing Office are holding a raffle wherein each ticket costs $1,000, 600 tickets will be sold and the prize is a house in Edgartown built by South Mountain Company. It gets better – the house is LEED (Leadership in Environmental Design) Certified which means that it’s green and uber- energy efficient.
South Mountain’s trademark craftsmenship, 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bath Cape, located steps away from beautiful downtown Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard! Seriously, how can you not!?!
Of course, if you don’t win, the $1,000 is still well spent because you’re donating to a great cause: the Island Affordable Housing Fund (IAHF) and the Blueberry Van & Community Meals program at Island Elderly Housing. I know that most people just think of Martha’s Vineyard as a hotspot for the rich and famous (Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Meg Ryan, Ted Danson, Spike Lee, the Kennedys, etc….), but regular old joes (like yours truly) live here as well. And keeping housing affordable for all of us is critical to the survival of the island and its magical culture.
Because of the IAHF, Martha’s Vineyard is second in the nation (behind Aspen) in providing affordable housing and, effectively, keeping it real in this slice of paradise. Places like Nantucket and the Hamptons are suffering – needing to bring in their service industry staff for the season because waitresses, trash collectors, hotel staff, school teachers, nurses, etc. can no longer afford to live there.
Have I convinced you yet? Try your luck…and, if you win, be sure to let me know – we’ll do lunch once you land. Good luck and now follow this LINK to buy your ticket!!!
Update: Sadly, this raffle had to be discontinued because of the turn in the economy in September, 2008. If you’d still like to donate. I encourage you to follow the links above and contact the Island Affordable Housing Fund. Thanks!