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Nonprofit Island Green Living to Raffle a ‘Dream Trip to Paradise’

In honor of Earth Day this month, some incredible St. John partners have teamed up to offer a vacation raffle to benefit Island Green Living Association, a local nonprofit. The seven-night “Two Tickets to Paradise” trip, valued at approximately $10,000, includes accommodations for two, air travel, car rental, meals at some of the island’s best restaurants and fabulous activities – for just $50 a chance or six chances for $250. All proceeds benefit Island Green. Supporters can enter on Island Green’s Earth Month Fundraiser page by April 30, 2021.

Now more than ever, the mission of Island Green hits home. Sustainability and resiliency – especially as it relates to the environment and food security – are critical factors on St. John and throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands. The overflowing landfills have been huge issues here, choking waterways, polluting the environment and putting our beautiful island in jeopardy. Island Green has made great strides to “preserve St. John,” but they can’t continue their vital work without funding.

Now is the perfect time to give. Today marks the launch of the “Two Tickets to Paradise” vacation raffle with a value of $10,000. All funds raised go to support Island Green’s programming. There is only one grand prize and for just $50 (or a $250 bundle with six raffles) entrants have a chance to win the following:

“Two Tickets to Paradise” Raffle One Grand Prize:

  • Air ticket voucher up to $1,000
  • Seven-night stay at Gallows Point Resort for two in a spacious one-bedroom ocean view villa with access to resort amenities including pool, Jacuzzi, etc.
  • One week car rental
  • Dinner Vouchers:

$200 at Ocean 362 featuring award-winning modern “island to table” style cuisine located directly at Gallows Point Resort

$200 at Morgan’s Mango featuring “neo-Caribbean” cuisine with a West Indian-Latin twist

$200 at The Terrace featuring French-influenced fine dining & breathtaking waterfront views

  • Boat Trips:

Group Sunset Sail on Kekoa, recipient of Trip Advisor’s 2020 Travelers Choice Award, for two, plus an open bar and hors d’ oeuvres

Private Sunset Sail on Sailing Asante for two (or up to six) plus drinks and a charcuterie plate.

1/2 Day Group Salt Deck trip for two (or up to twelve) including a souvenir hat and cup for the winning couple and lunch for two at Lime Out, a one-of-a-kind floating restaurant.

Day trip to Lovango Cay Resort & Beach Club to enjoy seaside luxury for up to six including a private cabana, ferry transportation and a welcome bottle of champagne.

  • An optional two-hour curated nature hike exploring the indigenous and rare flora and fauna with renowned environmentalist and ecologist Dr. Gary Ray and Dr. David Minner.

The raffle is open through April 30, 2021. There is no limit on entries because the goal is to raise as much money as possible for Island Green. The entry link is https://islandgreenliving.org/donate/earth-month-fundraiser/.

Island Green extends a huge thank you to the local businesses that contributed components and helped put this package together. With COVID-19 impacting all our lives, the past year has not been easy for any of them. Please visit and support these venues and businesses.

Island Green’s work on St. John has made a real difference. Up until recently, St. John was compelled to transport green and brown waste to the St. Thomas landfill, but Island Green’s brush chipping program has ended that cycle, allowing this rich resource to remain on island. They have collected, crushed and recycled nearly a million aluminum cans, kept over 310,000 pounds of valuable items from the landfill through their ReSource Depot thrift shop and embarked on vital education campaigns to promote sustainable food security and discourage disposable plastics and toxic sunscreen, which destroys our coral. Most recently, they extended support to the Department of Health and teamed up with Red Hook Family Practice to offer COVID-19 vaccines to residents.

All entries will be treated as donations to Island Green Living Association. Entrants will choose the number of tickets and will be taken to a secure PayPal page where they can check out. Entrants must be certain their correct email is used as Island Green will notify the winner by email. All entrants will receive a confirmation email from PayPal after purchasing a ticket/s provided they are a registered PayPal user. This email from PayPal will serve as confirmation of entry into the drawing.

How the drawing works: The raffle period will end at midnight on Friday, April 30, 2021. The raffle committee will generate a raffle ticket with the entrant’s name – one for each $50 donated (or six for $250). From these tickets, a winner will be drawn. The drawing will be announced on Island Green’s website as well as live on Facebook and the winner will be announced on or about May 1, 2021.

The Fine Print:

The “Two Tickets to Paradise” vacation package is limited to two people, valid from June 1, 2021, through Dec. 14, 2022, and subject to holiday blackout periods (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, President’s Day, Easter) and space availability. Most boat trips will not be available during hurricane season as boats aren’t in the water or are down island. The winner must adhere to the individual property/business rules and restrictions including the provision of a credit card number for holds/damage deposits, etc. In the event that a property/business becomes uninhabitable due to a storm, fire or an act of God, the winner agrees to forfeit the prize. We strongly encourage the winner to purchase travel insurance. None of the prizes are transferrable without the business owner’s consent and are not redeemable for cash.

In addition to holiday blackouts, the following apply:

Kekoa is not available Aug. 15 – Oct. 15 in 2021 & 2022. Sailing time varies depending on the time of year – 1.5-hour sailing trip.

Sailing Asante is not available from July-ish to November-ish. Sailing time varies depending on the time of year – 2-hour sailing trip.

Salt Deck is not available from August through October.

Lime Out voucher is $200 for food and drinks only. Excludes merchandise.

Lovango Cay Resort and Beach Club Cabana day is not available from Dec. 15 – Jan. 7 and does not include food and additional alcohol.

Car rental: Due to limited inventory available on island, a minimum two-month advance notice is required for booking. It must be booked online with a valid credit card and driver’s license. A $100 deposit is required to reserve/hold the vehicle. The winner must comply with all terms and conditions. Tax is not included. Proof of insurance is required if declining CDW/LDW. If CDW/LDW is not declined, the winner is responsible for that cost. No cash back for any unused portion of the rental.

Established in 2004, Island Green Living Association is a registered 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization on St. John dedicated to sustainability throughout the USVI.

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