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INDIANAPOLIS – In honor of Military Appreciation Month, the Indianapolis Colts Foundation hosted a 50/50 raffle for fans in support of the NFL’s national “Salute to Service” campaign and pledged to donate the proceeds to local military organizations. The November 16 raffle raised $59,000 in net proceeds. Fifty percent of the net proceeds from the day’s ticket sales went to one lucky fan and the remaining $29,500 will support local military organizations. Recipients of the proceeds include; Wounded Warrior Project, WISH for OUR HEROES, United Service Organization of Indiana and Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation of Indiana.

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The 50/50 raffle is one of several Colts efforts in support of Military Appreciation Month. Earlier this month, the team celebrated Veterans Day with Colts players and mascot Blue at IPS – Thomas D Gregg School 15 to help the students decorate 200 footballs with messages of thanks for Veterans and dedicated the November 16 game to honoring military personnel and their families. For more information about the “Salute to Service” initiatives, fans may also visit www.colts.com/salute.

Fans can support efforts of the Indianapolis Colts Foundation 5050 Raffle program by purchasing raffle tickets before kickoff in American Family Insurance Touchdown Town, the Blue Crew and South parking lots, as well as during the game at six kiosks throughout the stadium and from multiple mobile sellers. Prices are three (3) tickets for $5, ten (10) for $10, and forty (40) for $20.  Tickets can be purchased by fans through the end of the third quarter.  During the fourth quarter, the Colts will randomly select one winner and announce the winning number and amount. Fifty percent of the net proceeds the each game’s ticket sales will go to the winning fan and the remainder will support the efforts of the Indianapolis Colts Foundation in the community.

For more information about the Indianapolis Colts Foundation’s 50/50 Raffle program, please visit www.colts.com/5050Raffle. Indiana Gaming License Number 134915.

About Wish for Our Heroes

WISH for OUR HEROES is a national 501(c)(3), dedicated to assisting the men and women of our United States military. WISH for OUR HEROES provides resources to military families, focusing on basic needs that many people take for granted.  Originally founded in Noblesville, Indiana, in 2009, with the goal of granting one wish for every deserving member of the U.S. Military, WISH for OUR HEROES has grown to become a national charity granting wishes in 48 out of 50 states. For more information, visit www.wishforourheroes.org.  If you would like to make a $10 donation, text the word ‘America’ to 20222.

About United Service Organization of Indiana

The USO of Indiana is a chartered affiliate of USO, Inc. with the mission of lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families The USO of Indiana has been providing services for military members since 1941 and operates 4 centers in the state:  Indianapolis Airport, Camp Atterbury, Ft Wayne, and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center. In addition to the centers, the USO of Indiana provides a broad spectrum of warrior and family care programs to our state’s military members and their families.

 Our 450 volunteers serve nearly 100,000 troops annually providing more than 30,000 hours of volunteer service for our nation’s finest. The USO of Indiana is a separate not-for-profit organization, supported entirely by donations from the citizens and corporations of Indiana.  Ninety-three cents of every dollar goes directly to troop support and there is never a charge for military members and their families to use the services.

 About Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation of Indiana

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. is dedicated to eliminating homelessness for veterans and their families through prevention, education, supportive services and advocacy.  HVAF provides supportive, structured transitional housing to Indiana veterans and their families who are recovering from homelessness.  Additionally, we provide veterans and their families with the assistance necessary to ensure successful independent living in their communities. For more information about HVAF go to www.hvaf.org or call 317-951-0688.