Raffle, Online Auction to Support Runaway, At-Risk Youth, Families

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The National Runaway Switchboard is planning to raise more than $75,000 for programs and services that support runaway and at-risk youth and their families through cash raffle worth $10,000 and online auction.

The National Runaway Switchboard announced today the kick off of its annual cash raffle and online auction to raise more than $75,000 for programs and services that support runaway and at-risk youth and their families. Both initiatives are part of the organization's "Spirit of Youth" benefit held annually during National Runaway Prevention Month (November).

Only 500 raffle tickets are being sold at $100 each for a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize. There also will be four additional runner-up cash prizes worth $1,250 each. The drawing will be held on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at NRS' wrap party at Witts Tavern, 2913 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Winners need not be present.

The online auction features more than 50 packages valued at over $30,000 including a behind-the-scenes tour of Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City, a trip to Paris, and autographed sports memorabilia. The auction is open until 8 p.m. CST, Nov. 30, 2009. An NRS representative will notify winners by Dec. 7, 2009.

To purchase raffle tickets and participate in the online auction, visit http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org and click on the "Spirit of Youth" icon.

The National Runaway Switchboard, established in 1971, serves as the federally designated national communication system for homeless and runaway youth. Recognized as the oldest hotline of its kind in the world, NRS, with the support of more than 150 volunteers, handles an average of 100,000 calls annually - more than 3 million calls since the organization's inception. NRS provides crisis intervention, referrals to local resources, and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members throughout the country 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Over 13,000 youth have been reunited with their families through the NRS Home Free program done in collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc. The NRS crisis hotline is 1-800-RUNAWAY. For more information, visit http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org.

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