Your Feedback Is Reshaping the Annual Drawing

Oct. 11, 2017
Annual Drawing Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who took time to respond to our survey requesting feedback on how to improve the ASRT Foundation’s Annual Drawing event. Your collective voice has been heard!

Whether your idea of a great getaway means soaking up the sun on a tropical beach...or hiking the backcountry in one of our amazing national parks...or catching a Broadway show followed by a five-star meal, the 2018 Annual Drawing grand prize will feature a variety of destinations to suit your particular vacation style.

About the Annual Drawing

For those of you who aren’t aware, the Annual Drawing is the Foundation’s biggest fundraising event of the year. It’s a raffle where ticket buyers get a chance to win the grand prize or one of two smaller prizes.

In most of our previous years’ contests, the grand prize was a five-night trip for two to one of three predetermined vacation destinations. The prize covered five nights’ lodging, round-trip airfare and transportation from the airport to the prize winner’s chosen destination resort. Two other winners received smaller prizes, such as gift cards and electronic items valued in the $500-$700 range for second place and the $200-$300 range for third place.

Vacation Destination Suggestions

Survey Feedback

We reached out to ticket buyers from the 2017 contest to get their input on how the Foundation might improve the Annual Drawing. Here’s what we learned:

Prized Awarded: When given a choice between (a) keeping the prizes just the way they are, (b) doing away with the second- and third-place prizes to make the grand prize more valuable, or (c) adding other smaller prizes to increase the odds of winning, the overwhelming majority (65%) suggested we keep the prizes as they are: one grand prize and two secondary prizes.

Vacation Destination Choices: In previous years, the majority of grand prize winners chose Hawaii as their vacation destination. When asked which locations should be offered, survey respondents voted for their top 10 favorites:

  1. Maui
  2. Honolulu – Oahu
  3. Kauai
  4. Jackson Hole/Yellowstone
  5. New York City
  6. Reno/Lake Tahoe
  7. New Orleans
  8. Seattle
  9. Las Vegas
  10. San Diego

Additional Suggestions: Write-in suggestions for improving the Annual Drawing included: (1) selecting vacation destinations outside the U.S.; (2) offering all-inclusive or meals-included packages; (3) extending the grand prize trip to a full week; and (4) providing better and more timely communication in announcing the winners.

Planned Improvements

Based on the survey results, we plan to improve the 2018 Annual Drawing as follows:

  • The prize structure will remain the same, with one grand prize and two smaller prizes.
  • The grand prize winner will choose one of three destinations: Maui, Jackson Hole/Yellowstone or New York City.
  • Although all-inclusive, week-long packages are cost-prohibitive, our trip-planning gurus will find the best accommodations offering the greatest value to help ensure the winner has a thoroughly memorable and pleasant experience.
  • The Foundation will email all Annual Drawing ticket buyers immediately after the 2018 ASRT Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting to announce the winners.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in our survey. By sharing your thoughts, you’re helping to make the Annual Drawing even better.