Title: VRA 2018 – Philly: And now for something a little bit different…Posters, Sponsors, Raffle and a Special Guest

We would like to invite you to attend one of the biggest social events of the season, or at least of our VRA 2018 Annual Conference in Philadelphia. The Happy Hour: Posters, Sponsors, and Raffle event will take place on Wednesday, March 28th, from 5:30-7:30. Start your evening by visiting with VRA sponsors as they showcase their products and services. Enjoy some cheese and a glass of wine (or non-alcoholic beverage) while you mingle with the poster presenters and learn more about their research and projects. Catch up with friends as you peruse the array of wonderful raffle prizes provided by sponsors, VRA Chapters, and other generous individuals. Buy your tickets, and then prepare for your number to potentially be called by our surprise guest MC! (One of Philadelphia’s most famous citizens.) Join your colleagues and attend this years’ Philly version of a VRA tradition!

Some details:
What are the prizes?
Raffle tickets will be drawn for Individual Donations, Sponsor Prizes, Chapter Boxes, and a 50/50 raffle. New this year will be a gallery of prizes that you can peruse online before the conference. Items will only be on display at the hotel the afternoon of the actual Raffle. Look for an announcement soon that includes a prize donation form.

What is a chapter box?
Well, it is like those relics of the past, chapter baskets, but notably the container of choice is a box. And more importantly a specific USPS Large-sized, flat-rate, 12 x 12 x 5.5 inch box. We are asking that chapters contribute what they want to the raffle prizes, but that their contribution fit inside this box, and follow USPS postal guidelines. Then, after the winner is drawn, they can elect to have the box shipped if they don’t have room in luggage or trunk or bicycle basket. The shipping rate by the time of the conference will be $18.85 and we are asking the chapters to take on this potential charge. However, we want to make it super easy for you, so if the winner elects shipping we will just debit your bursary account automatically.

How will the raffle work?
Tickets will cost $4.00 each or 3/$10.00, and will be available for purchase at the registration desk during the conference, and before the Raffle event (up to about 6:45pm). You will also get tickets from Sponsors as you visit their tables at the Poster Session and Sponsor event. Participants can enter the raffle/s for the items they are interested in, and we will do one drawing per Item or Lot, with no recombining of tickets or automatic entries. You must be present to win a prize.