Mesa United Way is inviting residents to make a donation to its Community Chest and enter “The Happiest Sweepstakes on Earth!” to win a Disneyland vacation and other prizes.
“This is a fun way to rediscover the joy of giving,” said MUW President Dan Wollam. “It drew a lot of interest when we launched it last year, and with the additional ‘early bird’ prizes we expect even more interest.”
The grand prize is a three-day, two-night hotel stay and two adult one-day Park Hopper passes for Disneyland and California Adventure, donated by GetAwayToday.com. Early-bird prizes include stays at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa and Phoenix Marriott Mesa, $100 Westcor mall gift card, Carrabba’s gift certificate, two golf rounds and cart rental at Leisure World, USA’s Skateland family fun pack, Silver Star Playhouse tickets, and AMC movie passes. Early-bird prize winners also will be eligible for the grand-prize drawing on May 15.
Mesa United Way has struggled during the recession to meet its fundraising goals, which help a wide range of local assistance agencies, ranging from the Boys and Girls Clubs and Helen’s Hope Chest clothing bank for foster children to Meals on Wheels and Autumn House domestic violence shelter. The 2012-13 campaign goal is the same as last year’s — $2.825,000 — which wasn’t quite met.
“We have pledges totaling $2,531,944 so far,” said Linda Haskell, Mesa United Way’s resource development director. “So we’re very optimistic that we can meet our goal. The needs are greater than ever, so we’re asking the community to step up.
“We also understand that some people are unable to give at this time,” she added. “They can enter the sweepstakes without making a donation. This is a fun way to make our community aware of the needs and the work that Mesa United Way does.”
To enter and make a donation, go to www.mesaunitedway.org and click on The Happiest Sweepstakes on Earth! banner. To enter without making a donation, follow the link to the separate entry-only form.