$20/one ticket or $100/six tickets
Drawing: Friday, March 1, 2024, noon Eastern Time, live streamed at facebook.com/bluegrassfoundation/
Enter the raffle here: https://go.rallyup.com/ibmafdnboots/Campaign/Details
The IBMA Foundation will raffle a pair of Louvin Brothers tribute custom cowboy boots valued at $14,500 on February 29, and ticket sales open Thursday, February 1. Tickets will be offered at the $20 level for one ticket, or $100 for six tickets. There is no limit to the number of tickets each person may purchase. Raffle tickets are available at Bluegrassfoundation.org/raffle from February 1 (9 a.m.) to February 29 (midnight), Eastern Time.
If you are attending the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri, Feb. 21-25, please drop by the booth the IBMA Foundation will be sharing with IBMA in the expo hall and visit with Foundation executive director Nancy Cardwell and board member Laurie Greenberg.
The raffle grand prize is a pair of handmade cowboy boots made by master boot maker Lisa Sorrell (www.sorrell.design) of Guthrie, Oklahoma. The boots will feature the Louvin Brothers’ iconic Satan Is Real gospel album cover design on the boot top fronts and a leather portrait of Ira and Charlie Louvin on the boot top backs. The suggested foot material is gray alligator, but the winner may choose to substitute black alligator or black calf. The boots will be a custom fit if the winner is able to visit Lisa to have their feet measured. If not, the winner will provide their usual size worn. Boots can be made in any size from men’s size 7 (ladies 8.5) to men’s size 13. The winner chooses toe shape. The soles are leather, with choice of heel height varying from 1 ¼” to 1 ¾”. No fashion heels, no option for adding a zipper, and no accommodation will be made for orthotics. The completed boot photo in this release is of a pair of “Satan Is Real” cowboy boots made for Taylor Malpass of the Malpass Brothers. The raffle “Satan Is Real” boots will look very similar. Remember: the more tickets you purchase, the better chance you have of winning the cowboy boots.
The winning ticket drawn for the boots in May, 2023, was for Erin Webb of Oklahoma, but she decided to decline the boots and allow the Foundation to raffle them off a second time since her shoe size is smaller than the required 8.5 (ladies).
Your ticket purchases support the work of the IBMA Foundation year-round, including: project grants for bluegrass camps and afterschool programs for kids and bluegrass academies at festivals; bluegrass academic conferences; mini-grants for bands to present educational bluegrass programs at schools; college scholarships for students focusing on bluegrass-related majors, banjo, broadcast media, songwriting, sound engineering, or other studies; the Neil Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholar Award; the annual Bluegrass College Band Showcase at World of Bluegrass; Arnold Shultz Fund grants to encourage participation in bluegrass music by people of color; Fletcher Bright Memorial Grants for Young Musicians; and a variety of educational resources for educators and students of all ages.
Ticket purchasers will receive an emailed receipt with ticket information for verification purposes. To participate and win, purchasers must be living U.S. residents, 18 years of age or older. If fundraising raffles are illegal in your community, you will be unable to participate. (States that prohibit raffles altogether are Hawaii and Utah). Members of the IBMA Foundation board or those involved in conducting the raffle—including staff members or immediate family members of these individuals—are not allowed to purchase a raffle ticket. “Immediate family” is defined as spouse or partner, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, in-laws, or spouses of your children.
Although all proceeds will benefit the IBMA Foundation, purchase of raffle tickets is not a tax-deductible expense (IRS regulation). The drawing will take place in North Carolina and will be live streamed on the IBMA Foundation Facebook page. This raffle has been organized in compliance with North Carolina General Statutes 14-309.15—Raffles. The giveaway is conducted by and benefits the IBMA Foundation. For more information on the raffle, go to https://go.rallyup.com/ibmafdnboots/Campaign/Details.
The IBMA Foundation supports programs and initiatives fostering the growth of bluegrass music, and they are grateful for the support of raffle sponsors Sorrell Custom Boots (Guthrie, Oklahoma) and Lotos Nile (Nashville, Tennessee).
RETURN to the February 2024 issue of The Cornerstone.