The Saints Gulf Coast Renewal Fund announced today that the entry deadline for the Saints Super Bowl Ring Raffle was extended to the pre-game (approximately 7:00PM ET) of the club's September 20 Monday Night Football game against the San Francisco 49ers. The Winner will be announced live at some point during ESPN's game programming that night. The Saints Gulf Coast Renewal Fund is also announcing that it has added a trip to New Orleans for the Winner of the Raffle, and a guest, to enjoy the city and attend a Saints Game.
The additional time to enter, which is allowed for in the official rules of the raffle, will provide the Saints Gulf Coast Renewal Fund time to further promote the Raffle and generate funds for those affected directly by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "The addition of a trip to New Orleans is a great way to promote the raffle and the city during the opening week of the NFL regular season. I'm sure the winner and their guest will have a great time when they get here; I can't wait to see who wins and meet them" said Saints Owner Tom Benson.
Benson first announced the raffle on June 10 and tickets have been, and will continue to be, available for $2 each. Tickets are available online at www.saintsgulfcoastrenewal.org.
The Raffle has generated over $1Million dollars in donations to date, with entries coming from around the world. The first recipients of the funds will be announced soon.
New Prize Package: In addition to the authentic Saints Super Bowl Players Ring, the prize will also include an expense paid trip to New Orleans for the Winner and a Guest to enjoy the City and attend a New Orleans Saints Game. While details for the trip are still being worked out, in addition to VIP treatment by the Saints at the Superdome on Game Day, the trip will include a $2,000 travel allowance (as necessary to travel to New Orleans) for roundtrip coach airfare from any international airport in the world, hotel accommodations, meals at some of New Orleans finest restaurants, and an expense allowance for out of pocket expenses such as ground transportation and meals not otherwise provided for by the prize. Also, in addition to the funds provided to mitigate the Winners tax liability from winning the Super Bowl Ring, funds will also be provided to mitigate the Winner's tax liability from winning the additional prize elements.