Irish Wolfhound Association of the Carolinas
North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia
* Also providing rescue currently in Georgia and Florida
Hounds of EIRE Raffle
The 5th ANNUAL
Hounds of EIRE Raffle
A Trip to Anywhere!
Raffle runs from: March 6 to May 24, 2023
Drawing Date on May 24, 2023 Via Livestream Online
(You do not need to be present to win)
Raffle tickets are $35 each
Plus a $5 fee for processing, will be added at checkout.
Only 600 raffle tickets will be sold!
minimum of 100 tickets must be sold or all monies will be returned to ticket buyers.
Net proceeds benefit health, rescue and the Heather Burns Memorial Fund for hounds in North and South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Drawing open only to participants residing in the U.S.
Some states do not allow Non-Profit Raffles or the sale of raffle tickets. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to be aware of their state's laws.
For further rules, please click on the "Rules" tab under the "Raffle" tab at the top of this page.
100 tickets must be sold or the raffle will be cancelled. If the raffle is cancelled all participants with tickets will be contacted and all monies will be returned.
How to purchase tickets? Go to https://go.rallyup.com/houndsofeir2023 You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your purchase, which will include the entry numbers assigned to your name.
How do I participate in the live drawing? You will receive an e-mail with a link to the livestream drawing which will occur on Wednesday, May 24, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. EST. You do not need to be on the livestream in order to win.
Grand Prize: "Hounds of EIRE" trip to Destination of Your Choice
Value of $3500
There aren't a lot of rules surrounding the Grand Prize trip. The only thing we really ask is that you have to use the funds within 12 months of the close of the raffle. Other than that, it's up to you. Always dreamt of going to Ireland? Here's your chance. Or maybe your bucket list includes visiting Bali, or Switzerland, or taking a cruise. If you want to plan the trip on a budget, you can manage to buy two airline tickets, a rental car and stay at Youth Hostels and Airbnbs. We just want you to have a great time, and if possible, share some pictures!
In the order of the ticket drawn, each person holding a winning ticket gets to pick one follow up prize (shown below.) There are more prizes featured than will be awarded to the four additional winners, this should provide a selection appreciated by everyone. The prizes below are not listed in any particular order of value. Please check back for any additional prize choices as they become available.
Tamarca Hollow, A Nature Retreat Near Marion, North Carolina
There is always something to draw you to the mountains of Western North Carolina. During the spring when the rhododendrons are in bloom you can wake each morning the smell of Carolina Allspice and the male Towhee reminding you to "Drink your tea". Or come in the fall when the trees change their summer greens for their fall coat of colors. The air is crisp and the bite of winter in the air makes for pleasant days hiking and cozy evenings around the hearth with a cocoa or a glass of local red wine. Tamarca Hollow offers a glimpse into life in the mountains. This private nature retreat is perfect for rewinding, regrouping and reconnecting with loved ones.
Continental breakfast items are available, and all the fixin's to make s'mores outside in the firepit. The Housers do ask each guest to respect the land as we are all guests on planet earth and they take great care and pride living in the forest. The property is a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the US Wildlife Service. Everyone needs to be alert in the woods for wildlife such as bear, deer, skunks, raccoons, opossums, coyotes, spiders, honey bees, a variety of birds, and snakes (venomous and non-venomous) share the space. The unit also has a metal roof....there's nothing like the sound of rain at night on a metal roof....with the frogs and crickets singing along to the rhythm of the rain!
There are a number of Vineyards, Wineries, and Breweries in the area along with some fabulous restaurants and a variety of delicious foods to try! The property is within an hour of Asheville and other historic mountain communities like Marion, Black Mountain, Boone and Banner Elk, also nearby South Mountain State Park with an 80 foot waterfall!" Donated by Marc and Tamara Houser.
For more information on Tamarca Hollow you can use the below link to visit their reservation site on Airbnb's website.
A two night stay in this little piece of paradise is being offered by Marc and Tamara Houser. The apartment can accommodate 5 guests with 1 Bedroom and 1 Bathroom. Nestled down in the hollow is where you unplug! Enjoy the serenity with nature and a few surprise comforts! This comfy, quaint and remote apartment over the garage has a queen bed, queen sofa sleeper & a roll-away bed. The bathroom is a shower only and linens & towels are provided. The living/dining area is comfy with a tv/dvd player and lots of movies, (no other tv service) board games, playing cards and puzzles. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you may need. The unit has its own private porch/deck with a grill, fire-pit, seating, a separate hot water heater and HVAC. The property has a hiking/walking/jogging circuit trail in the forest with a cascade waterfall/creek where you can lay in the hammock with your favorite bottle of wine, read, journal or do some yoga alongside the creek. It is located in a small gated community in McDowell County, NC, with miles of groomed hiking/walking trails to a private secluded waterfalls and picnic area. There is a man-made lake with beach, swimming area, kayaking, fishing, and a large pavilion with a fireplace and grills. It is 30 minutes to the nearest town and the Housers take great pleasure in providing guests with dinner ready to enjoy in the apartment on their first night's stay! Dietary restrictions are addressed in the confirmation email.
Have you ever imagined waking on a warm spring morning to the smell of jasmine drifting in and the sound of a light breeze blowing through the leaves of the live oak trees? Do you dream about walking through fragrant gardens with Spanish moss draped overhead and the music of Savannah's many fountains playing for you as you stroll the city's antebellum streets? Savannah is a city of history, with the largest historical district in the U.S. It is bursting at the seams with gardens, fountains, cemeteries and ghosts. Walk the same streets
where the civil war was fought. A city so lovely that even Sherman couldn't bring himself to burn it on his
march to the sea. Even if you don't win the grand prize trip to Ireland you can still travel back in time while visiting beautiful, historical Savannah. Caitlin Condon has donated two nights in the Orchid Cottage, a small Victorian guest house behind her main house in Savannah. Orchid Cottage is located right off Forsyth Park, one of the most famous squares in Savannah. And after you spend the day visiting the many museums, gardens, fountains and plantations you can relax in the garden of Orchid Cottage with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, until you've recovered enough to enjoy all Savannah has to offer at night. This is a full guest house you'll have to yourself, enchanting and inviting. It's just waiting for you to come and experience the best the south has to
offer. So come for a weekend and make memories to last a lifetime. Visit Bonaventure Cemetery, River Street, Tybee Island, Wormsloe Historic Site, and the Gothic-Revival Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. If you're lucky enough to win you will have 1 year from the drawing to collect your prize. The link below is to Orchid Cottage.
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For more information on Orchid Cottage you can use the below link to visit their reservation site on Airbnb's website.
Donated by Caitlin Condon.
Topsail Beach, NC
You will be bowled over by the beautiful location of this house! A two level street side deck before you even make it inside beckons you to take in the surrounding views including views of the Atlantic Ocean! Warm wood tones and traditional furnishings invite you in to this well-maintained home with recent updates including tile floors, fresh paint throughout, and updated bedding! Bedrooms painted in beachy hues, a welcoming great room with space for everyone, family-friendly games and puzzles conveniently provided for indoor fun, books supplied for times of quiet escape, a large breed dog crate provided for your canine companion(s), and an outside yard area and canal just out the back door make for a wonderful vacation at quiet south Topsail Beach. Bring your canoe, paddle board, jet ski, kayaks, or very small flat bottom boat and dock it out your back door at the boat dock. Soak up the sun’s rays and gaze at the ocean from the top deck. Be lured into relaxation on the canal side covered porch with rocking chairs and a hammock perched underneath while taking in views of the canal and sound. Literally 100 feet to the public beach access!
Prize is for one week (Sunday to Sunday) in this 4 BR/2 B dog-friendly beach house, you choose which week from mid September through first week of November. For more information and photos please visit this link:
https://www.topsail-realty.com/booking/boyd/425 Donated by Kathy Boyd.