The following is taken from http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/statements/main-stat49.html
"The Seventh-day Adventist Church organization does not condone raffles or lotteries to raise funds and it urges members not to participate in any such activities, however well- intentioned. Neither does the Church condone state-sponsored gambling. The Seventh-day Adventist Church calls on all authorities to prevent the ever-increasing availability of gambling with its damaging effects on individuals and society.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church rejects gambling as defined above and will not solicit nor accept funding that is clearly derived from gambling"
Adventist’s Selma Foundation has Raffle
"The Adventist Medical Center — Selma Foundation’s annual Autumn Festival drew approximately 200 guests who dined on “Tastes of the Valley” as well as taking part in silent and live auctions along with a raffle." see article here
Rajmund Dabrowski, assistant to the president for marketing applauds raffles(gambling)
"To celebrate his 13th birthday, Christian Philson of Lincoln, Nebraska decided to help 13 kids who are blind enjoy summer camp. At $679 per attendee, he faced a daunting fund-raising challenge. A March 25 pancake breakfast at College View Seventh-day Adventist Church raised about half his goal. Then the Harlem Globetrotters, the world-famous basketball exhibition team, became involved."
"Known worldwide as the Ambassadors of Goodwill™, the Globetrotters team takes part in multiple community outreach programs and charitable efforts each year. Their publicist heard about Philson’s campaign of compassion. With the Globetrotters coming to Lincoln, she arranged for the local teen to be acknowledged as an honorary Ambassador of Goodwill. He received an autographed jersey and basketball from the Globetrotters during half-time of their April 4 game at Pershing Center. The team also donated autographed memorabilia for a fundraiser raffle, with all proceeds awarded to National Camps for the Blind. (When the total amount raised is announced, it will be posted on Outlookmag.org.)"
“We at the Christian Record home office applaud the efforts of Christian Philson,” said Rajmund Dabrowski, assistant to the president for marketing. “His philanthropic spirit, at such an early age, is a testament to the creativity of our church’s youth. Christian is an inspiration to us, and we would love to see this idea catch on with other young people.”
Martin Weber, communication dir.
Mid-America Union of Seventh-day Adventists
402.617.4448 / firstname.lastname@example.org
As seen above, we have leaders involved and praising these efforts when the church has said it rejects gambling. This is flat out hypocrisy for leaders to say one thing yet allow another. Rajmund Dabrowski, assistant to the president for marketing should know better. See the full article here
Sydney Adventist Hospital.
In a pdf document listing guidelines for community fundraising, notice that the hospital says fundraisers can't use the word RAFFLE, but they can call it something else. In other words, we believe they're saying, "call it something other than a title that makes it look like gambling even though its the same thing". You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig! They know the RAFFLE word is not good to use so they tell them to call it something else. We believe this is being VERY deceptive.
Use of Sydney Adventist Hospital Foundation name and logo
As you fundraise on our behalf, you must explain that funds are being raised for "Sydney Adventist Hospital Foundation".
Your fundraising activity cannot be named “Sydney Adventist Hospital Foundation Movie Night” or “Sydney Adventist Hospital Raffle”. However you can state that the fundraising activity is in support of the Sydney Adventist Hospital Foundation. For example “Proudly supporting Sydney Adventist Hospital Foundation” or “All proceeds raised will go towards Sydney Adventist Hospital Foundation.”
Oregon Conference website lists a conference church having raffles
1ST ANNUAL PINTEREST BAZAAR
Announced by OC Communication Dept on Jun 25 2013
1ST ANNUAL PINTEREST BAZAAR
July 11-12, 9:00am-5:00pm • Open Arms Adventist Church
Handcrafted items, food, raffles, and tons of fun. Visit the Bazaar July 11-12, 9-5 am to find your special item, participate in the raffles, and/or get some good eats. Open Arms Adventist Church is located at 15150 NE Glisan St. Portland, Ore. Funds raised will go towards a new church sign.
Portland Adventist Academy
Event Dates: August 11, 2013 - August 11, 2013
Location: Portland, Oregon
August 11 2013
10:00 Am to 2:00 Pm gates open at 8:00 Am
Pre Registration by July 1st 2013 10 dollars and receive a dash plaque.
15 dollars at gate
Trophies will be awarded
50:50 Raffle and raffle prizes
Live band and food
Address 1500 Se 96th Ave Portland OR 97216
Come support are High school Auto Mechanics Program
"Here is how it works: Anyone can drop off non-perishable food, clean blankets, coats of all sizes, rubber boots, new packages of underwear and socks, gloves, toiletries, paper products, baby products, and pet food at participating downtown stores and restaurants beginning on Monday, November 26. You can tell which businesses are participating by the colorful posters in the window saying, “Win an I-Pad Here! And Help a Needy Family!”
For every three items donated, one raffle ticket is issued and each ticket represents a chance to win an Apple iPad 2 worth $500. The winning ticket will be chosen at the church on Saturday, December 15."
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
Shady Grove’s Golf Classic Raises Over $200K
More than 200 golfers on two courses helped Adventist HealthCare’s (AHC) Shady Grove Campus Golf Classic net nearly $220,000. Proceeds from the 27th annual Golf Classic will support programs at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Adventist Behavioral Health and Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland. The event was held in Ijamsville, Md., at Holly Hills Country Club and Whiskey Creek Golf Club.
Dozens of volunteers from across Adventist HealthCare and the business community assisted with the day's events, which included contests on the course, the raffle of an autographed Robert Griffin III jersey and a silent auction. After testing his skills on the course, John Sackett (pictured left with his team), president of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Gaithersburg, Md., joined AHC executives at the tournament's awards ceremony to thank sponsors and highlight how funds raised will make a difference at their facilities.
"The Golf Classic creates wonderful opportunities for us to serve the community", says Will Smith, chief development officer. "We are grateful for our generous sponsors, our Foundation board, our golf committee members and everyone who helped make this event a success." Story by Laura Cook
Dec 2012: "We've officially drawn the winner of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital's Pink Ribbon Team raffle, which encouraged breast health. Congratulations to Susan Hughes, the winner of the $1,000 gift cards to Westfield Montgomery Mall!" See article here
Adventist GlenOaks Hospital
Adventist GlenOaks Hospital invites you to enjoy a day of fun and relaxation as we honor our valued EMS partners.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Glendale Lakes Golf Club
1550 President St, Glendale Heights, IL 60139
11 a.m. Registration and Lunch
12 p.m. Shotgun Start
5 p.m. Social Hour
6 p.m. Dinner, Raffle and Awards
Jan. 29, 2013: 'Sunset Boulevard' event supports Adventist GlenOaks Therapeutic Day Schools. Read the entire article here.
"Glendale Heights – The GlenOaks Hospital Foundation will host its 14th annual Brunch and Theater Event Sunday, Feb. 17 with a performance of the musical 'Sunset Boulevard'.
'Sunset Boulevard' is based on the 1950 film of the same title.
This year's raffle features a Walt Disney World™ vacation, sporting event tickets, golf and spa packages, restaurant gift certificates, custom made jewelry and more. Raffle tickets are $5 each or $20 for a book of five.Those interested in taking part must RSVP by Friday, Feb. 1. Registration can be completed online at www.drurylane.eventbrite.com or by calling (630) 545-3942."
Adventist Hinsdale Hospital
January 16, 2012: Read full article here.
"Donate blood at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital's Blood Center. Hinsdale – To celebrate National Blood Donor Month, Adventist Lab Partners Blood Center, 121 N. Elm St., Hinsdale, will raffle off a 47-inch flat-screen television in January. Any qualified donor of blood, platelets or double red cells is eligible to enter the raffle."
Foothill Adventist Elementary School
2013: Even our young children are being conditioned that raffles are OK. Read article here
Earlier this year, the 2nd grade class had a visit from the ladies at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. As part of the presentation each student had the opportunity to design a quilt block. With the generous help of a parent, these blocks were sewn together to make a beautiful quilt.
At the 2nd grade Authors' Night last week the students held a raffle of the quilt to raise money for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).
Pleasant Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church
April 19, 2013. See Facebook page here
Preschool Art Show – Discoveryland Preschool invites you to an Art Show presented by our students to be held on Sunday, April 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the preschool. We will have refreshments, giveaways, a raffle and more. For any of you who would like to display your artwork in this show, please bring it with you to the art show. “It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” Any questions, please call the preschool at 925-935-3520
Glendale Adventist Medical Center has iPod Raffle
"Cancer survivor Guadalupe Mendoza, of Los Angeles, in red, draws the winning name in an iPod raffle at Glendale Adventist Medical Center in Glendale for the resumed annual visit by the Rose Court to visit staff and patients on Tuesday, November 13, 2012." see article here.
"In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in raffles. Two gift baskets will be raffled off. Glendale Adventist has also agreed to raffle off three certificates for a Cerebral Vascular Profile for evaluating the carotid artery."
Notice that it's not just individual churches, but Adventist institutions, including a Union that think raffles are OK. Our churches should be more like the Australian Weet-Bix company that CLEARLY states it doesn't allow any activities associated with gambling. see here. What would be so difficult for those above to do something similar?
Sanitarium will not support the following activities:
School fetes, raffles, auctions, chocolate wheels or requests for Sanitarium product resale
Sponsorship of individuals
Activities outside of Australia
Activities associated with gambling
Any connection with alcohol, cigarettes or personal combat sports eg wrestling/boxing
Mark 3:25 "If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand." Where are the watchmen/leaders in the SDA church that will stand up and speak out?