Raffle Raises $70,000 For St. Lucie Habitat For Humanity
It’s not very often that you buy into a raffle expecting to win the grand prize with multiple tickets, let alone just one.
But that’s exactly what happened to Martin County resident, Lisa Tolbert Milidantri. After buying only one ticket, Milidantri went home with the St. Lucie Battery and Tire fundraising raffle grand prize – a 188-square-foot house.
“We saw the tiny home at the Pineapple Festival in Jensen Beach," Milidantri said. "I bought a ticket mainly to support Habitat for Humanity, never thinking I would actually win it.”
The St. Lucie Battery and Tire auto repair shop has been selling $20 raffle tickets for the last six months for the tiny home - aptly named Diamond Lil’ Tiny Home - to raise money for the St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity. The tiny home features everything one could need in a house, from a kitchen with a full-size stove, range hood and refrigerator to a living area with two lofts, among other amenities.
After selling 3,354 tickets, the tiny home was raffled off Friday, Dec. 7. Milidantri, a teacher from Martin County, won with only one ticket. The raffle overall raised $70,000, and the money it raised was donated to the St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity.
Earlier this year in April, St. Lucie Battery & Tire President Doug Miller acquired the tiny home with a winning bid of $44,000 when St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity auctioned it off. Miller then decided to re-raffle the home to raise even more money for Habitat so they can continue to build better communities.
In the past, Miller has expressed pride in St. Lucie Battery and Tire joining forces with Habitat for Humanity.
"Habitat is a great organization, and St. Lucie Battery and Tire is proud to be a partner," Miller said.
The Diamond Lil’ Tiny Home, as it was named by St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity, was the result of a YouthBuild Grant that brought together Habitat for Humanity, Treasure Coast Builders Association, Career Source Research Coast and Indian River State College. Through the YouthBuild program, local at-risk youth had the opportunity to gain valuable vocational and life-building skills while working with Habitat volunteers and staff in the construction of this tiny home.
Lindsey Concannon, brand manager for St. Lucie Battery and Tire, expressed her gratitude for everyone who helped make this possible.
"On behalf of SLBT, I would like to thank the community for all of their support, St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity, and every one of our hardworking team members that make a project like this possible," Concannon said.
Photos courtesy of St. Lucie Battery & Tire