by Allison Gillette | October 3rd, 2011
This month, Emerson College Quidditch is doing a raffle fundraiser for the Middlebury Cup for Vermont Flood Relief. The winner will win a date with the President of the IQA Alex Benepe.
Alex Benepe, CEO, Commissioner, and President of the IQA, will be raffled off in order to raise money for the Vermont Irene Flood Relief. The event is being sponsored by Emerson College Quidditch, although the raffle will be open to all of IQA.
A few weeks ago, hurricane Irene swept through Vermont leaving a dozen towns cut off from the outside world and dozens of others badly damaged. The flooding knocked out bridges, destroyed over 200 roadways, and left hundreds of local businesses damaged beyond repair.
At least two people are dead and one is missing in Vermont in the worst flooding the state has seen in 84 years, which has the governor calling for “all the help we can get.” As towns begin to rebuild, they are in constant need of funds and supplies.
What better way to help Vermont (quidditch’s hometown) than to raffle off a date with the legendary Alex Benepe? The tickets cost $10 for one ticket, $50 for six tickets and will be for sale from October 3 – 13. The winner we be chosen on October 15 and will be notified via email.
After the winner is chosen, the date will be arranged between Alex and the winner and will take place in New York, NY. And, don’t worry fellas, if you would rather not have a romantic dinner with Alex, he would be happy to take you out for a night at the bars! The travel agency the IQA works with has donated $50 to this prize. Thus, up to $100 will be put towards the winner’s travel OR if people do not want a date with Alex, they can opt to take the $100 over the date. Alex has offered to host the date on Monday November 14 for the benefit of fans coming to New York for the World Cup.
While Alex did not invent quidditch, he was the person who helped the sport grow into what it is today. He founded the IQA and, while he no longer plays quidditch, he seeked for Middlebury College, catching the snitch in the championship game in the first World Cup in 2005. Since then, he’s won a PR Event of the Year award from PR Week Magazine for his work with the IQA.
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