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SPRING 2015 HOD CHARITY RAFFLE

WHAT IS THE HOUSE OF DREAMS CHARITY RAFFLE?
The House of Dreams Charity Raffle is a fundraising event run by Naperville Rotary Charities, Inc. (NRC) designed to generate new revenue that can be used for charitable purposes. NRC is a licensed 501-c3 charitable organization. This Raffle is not considered PHILANTHROPY in the traditional sense. Instead, it is a fundraising event, using a raffle with prizes that have a total retail value of up to $1.2 million to encourage people to participate. All net proceeds are donated to charities.


Q: What does it mean that the 26th House of Dreams Charity Raffle Benefits Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago? (top)
A: Net proceeds created from the 26th House of Dreams Charity Raffle are used to benefit the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Q: What is Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago? (top)
A: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago ("RIC") is the nation's leading provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care. Founded in 1954, RIC draws the brightest minds in medicine and science and has the largest portfolio of rehabilitation research in the world. RIC has been designated the #1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America by U.S. News and World Report every year since 1991.

Q: Who is Naperville Rotary Charities, Inc. ("NRC")? (top)
A: NRC is a licensed 501(c)(3) Charitable and Philanthropic Organization, which has a long and successful history in community affairs. Since 1993, NRC has sponsored and conducted the House of Dreams Charity Raffle, which raises funds used to support numerous charitable and humanitarian organizations and/or projects locally and around the world. This is the 26th House of Dreams Charity Raffle.

Q: Is the House of Dreams Charity Raffle ("Raffle") considered a charity? (top)
A: No, the Raffle is a charitable fundraiser sponsored and operated by a charity, NRC, to support other charities.

Q: What is a Charitable Fundraiser? (top)
A: A charitable fundraiser is an event or activity that is conducted with the goal of raising funds for a charitable purpose. Every fundraising event has operating costs and expenses, whether these expenses are covered with monies raised by the fundraiser or they donated. The goal of every charity fundraising event is to have monies remaining after all expenses are paid to put towards the charitable purpose.

Q: Does all ticket revenue for this Raffle go to charity? (top)
A: All net proceeds go to charity. The House of Dreams Charity Raffle is a fundraiser that operates with the goal of raising money for charitable endeavors. This fundraiser has operational costs, like all fundraisers; including the prizes given away (the current Raffle's prizes have an estimated retail value of up to $1.2 million). This Raffle fundraiser has been active since 1993 with 25 raffles completed over that time. Net proceeds remaining at the end of each Raffle are placed into a charitable endowment fund and used to benefit numerous worthwhile charitable organizations. Since 1993, this fundraiser has provided millions of dollars of support for local and national charities and has also built up a multi-million dollar charitable endowment fund to continue supporting charities in need going forward. NRC's goal is to keep funding this endowment so that it has the ability to continue supporting charitable causes for years to come. Donations can be made to the charitable endowment fund directly if you are not interested in participating in this fundraiser. For information about making a direct donation, please call 1-800-CASTLE2.

Q: What is the cost of a ticket and how many tickets can I purchase? (top)
A: Each ticket costs $100 USD and there is no limit on the number of tickets a single individual can purchase. The more tickets you purchase the more chances you have to win a prize. Also, remember that all of the net proceeds raised in this fundraiser are used for charitable purposes, and that buying more than one ticket qualifies you for one or more of the great multi-ticket bonus prizes being offered.

Q: What happens to the prizes if all the tickets are not sold? (top)
A: Regardless of how many tickets are sold in the Raffle, certain prizes are guaranteed. All Holiday Drawing Prizes, Customer Appreciation Drawing Prizes, Early Bird Prizes, Spring Bonus and Multi-Ticket Grand Prizes will be awarded. If greater than 50,000 tickets are sold in this Raffle, the $1 Million Grand Prize will be awarded in full. However, if less than 50,000 tickets are sold by 11:59 p.m. CST on May 15, 2015, the Grand Prize for this Raffle will be reduced based on the applicable provisions in the official rules.

Q: How do I qualify for the MULTI-TICKET Prizes? (top)
A: All tickets purchased by the same individual (i.e. have the same billing address or credit card number, etc.) will qualify towards an individual's ticket total. Any additional ticket purchased after the first ticket in the Spring 2015 Raffle, will qualify the purchaser for one or more of the applicable multi-ticket prizes that have not yet reached their eligibility cut-off dates.

In addition to the Grand Prize of a $1 Million Dream Home or $1 Million Cash and all of the other regular prizes being drawn for, each additional ticket you purchase after your first ticket will also be eligible for one or more of the applicable MULTI-TICKET Bonus prizes. There are several Multi-Ticket bonus prizes available throughout the raffle period including the Holiday Drawing announced on January 15, 2015, Customer Appreciation Drawing announced on February 19, 2015, Early Bird Drawing announced on March 26, 2015, Spring Bonus Drawing announced on April 30, 2015, and the final drawings announced on May 28, 2015. Only those tickets purchased prior to each drawing's specific eligibility cut-off date will count towards an individual's total ticket count and eligibility for those drawings. See Official Rules for full details.

Q: How does the Holiday Bonus Drawing Work? (top)
A: All tickets that are purchased on or before December 31, 2014 will be eligible for the applicable Holiday Bonus Drawings announced on January 15, 2015.

All tickets purchased prior to the eligibility cut-off noted above will be eligible for the first ticket prize. Eligibility for the remaining prizes being announced on January 15, 2015 is based upon the number of tickets purchased by an individual prior to the drawing's cut-off date. To qualify for all of the prizes being announced on January 15, 2015, you must purchase at least five (5) tickets before the cut-off on December 31, 2014. See the FAQ above related to multi-ticket prizes for details about multiple ticket prize eligibility. See Official Rules for full details.

Q: How does the Customer Appreciation Drawing Work? (top)
A: All tickets that are purchased on or before February 6, 2015 will be eligible for the applicable Customer Appreciation Bonus Drawings announced on February 19, 2015.

All tickets purchased prior to the eligibility cut-off noted above will be eligible for the first ticket prize. Eligibility for the remaining prizes being announced on February 19, 2015 is based upon the number of tickets purchased by an individual prior to the drawing's cut-off date. To qualify for all five prizes being announced on February 19, 2015, you must purchase at least five (5) tickets before the cut-off on February 6, 2015. See the FAQ above related to multi-ticket prizes for details about multiple ticket prize eligibility. See Official Rules for full details.

Q: How does the Early Bird Drawing Work? (top)
A: All tickets that are purchased on or before March 13, 2015 will be eligible for the applicable Early Bird Drawings announced on March 26, 2015.

All tickets purchased prior to the eligibility cut-off noted above will be eligible for the first ticket Early Bird prize. Eligibility for the remaining Early Bird prizes being announced on March 26, 2015 is based upon the number of tickets purchased by an individual prior to the drawing's cut-off date. To qualify for all of the prizes being announced on March 26, 2015, you must purchase at least five (5) tickets before the cut-off on March 13, 2015. See the FAQ above related to multi-ticket prizes for details about multiple ticket prize eligibility. See Official Rules for full details.

Q: How does the Spring Bonus Drawing Work? (top)
A: All tickets that are purchased on or before April 17, 2015 will be eligible for the applicable Spring Bonus 1 Drawings announced on April 30, 2015.

All tickets purchased prior to the eligibility cut-off noted above will be eligible for the first ticket Spring Bonus prize. Eligibility for the remaining Spring Bonus prizes being announced on April 30, 2015 is based upon the number of tickets purchased by an individual prior to the drawing's cut-off date. To qualify for all of the prizes being announced on April 30, 2015, you must purchase at least five (5) tickets before the cut-off on April 17, 2015. See the FAQ above related to multi-ticket prizes for details about multiple ticket prize eligibility. See Official Rules for full details.

Q: Can I pool my cash together with friends or family to buy a ticket? (top)
A: There are no restrictions on a winner's ability to share prizes after they have been awarded in the Spring 2015 HOD Charity Raffle. However, all tickets must be purchased in one (1) single person's name and all prizes are awarded solely to the purchaser's name of record and the address on the winning ticket. Note, the winner of any prize remains solely responsible for: (i) complying with all prize requirements; (ii) providing Naperville Rotary Charities, Inc. ("NRC") with all proper transfer documentation bearing notarized signatures, as required by NRC, in connection with any transfer of a prize; and (iii) any and all taxes, fees, assessments and like charges associated with their prize. NRC is not a party to and assumes no responsibility related to any transfer of any prize or to any agreements or understandings regarding the treatment or distribution of any potential prizes. NRC's sole responsibility is to award all prizes to the purchaser's name of record and address as stated on the winning tickets. To meet the eligibility requirements for any of the Multi-ticket drawings, the name and address for the purchasing party must be the same on each ticket purchased (See the multi-ticket FAQ for more details). See Official Rules for full details.

Q: If I purchase a ticket for the Holiday Drawing, Customer Appreciation Draw, Early Bird or Spring Bonus drawing, am I eligible for the other drawings? (top)
A: Yes. Once purchased, a ticket is eligible for all applicable prize drawings in the Spring 2015 HOD Charity Raffle that have not yet occurred as long as it is purchased prior to the specific drawing's cut-off date, and in the case of the multi-ticket drawings, all ticket purchased must also meet the specific multi-ticket eligibility requirements. See Official Rules for full details.

Q: If I win a prize, am I still eligible for future drawings in the current House of Dreams Charity Raffle? (top)
A: Yes. A ticket can win more than once in any House of Dreams Charity Raffle. Each winning certificate number is put back in for all future eligible drawings within the same raffle that the original ticket was purchased. Although not statistically likely, a ticket could theoretically win the prize in every drawing for which the ticket was eligible. See Official Rules for full details.

Q: How soon do I get my raffle certificate in the mail after purchase? (top)
A: Whether you place an order for your Spring 2015 House of Dreams Charity Raffle ticket(s) online or through the mail, you will be sent a paper certificate in the mail for your records. Your certificate should arrive in the mail within seven (7) to ten (10) business days after it is successfully processed (including receipt of payment). If you place your order on the secure website, you will also receive an email confirmation shortly after your order has been successfully processed, assuming that you provide a valid email address during purchase and that your ISP or your computer does not block or otherwise restrict the confirmation email from being delivered (i.e., spam filters, etc.).

Q: I did not receive my order confirmation and raffle certificate in the mail or in my email, what do I do now? (top)
A: All certificates are sent via regular mail to the purchaser's address provided at the time of purchase. For tickets purchased online, an email confirmation is also sent to the email address entered on the online order screen. If you entered an email address and did not receive a confirmation email, please check your spam filters and junk email boxes as your computers settings may have screened our communication as spam. If you still cannot locate the confirmation email and-or paper certificate, please send us a message using the contact form located on the Contact Us page of the website. Please be sure to include all pertinent information to assist us in researching your order and resolving any issues.

Q: How much money goes to Charity? (top)
A: Naperville Rotary Charities, Inc. is run by volunteers from the Naperville Rotary Club. Marketing expenses, the cost of the prizes, and advertising-media costs associated with the House of Dreams Charity Raffle vary with each raffle. However, 100% of the NET proceeds derived from the House of Dreams Charity Raffles are designated to support charitable and humanitarian programs and entities.

Q: What do you do with the marketing data you ask for? (top)
A: The marketing data collected is used only to help us communicate with our supporters about the House of Dreams Charity Raffle and its activities. Learning more about those who participate in this fundraising program has allowed the House of Dreams Charity Raffle to maintain its role as one of the most important charity fundraisers in the area. We do not sell, rent or otherwise use your information except in connection with the House of Dreams Charity Raffle. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Q: Is my credit card number secure? (top)
A: Yes. All credit card and personal information collected as part of the ticket purchase process are maintained using secure methods including a secure website and secure bank lock-box. You can view our website's online security certificate during the checkout process or from the "Buy Tickets" screen. You can also view our Privacy Policy.

Q: How will I know that my credit card payment went through? (top)
A: You will receive an email confirmation within a few hours after your purchase has been successfully processed and payment accepted. You will also receive a printed ticket receipt via regular USPS mail in approximately ten (10) days. Please note - the charge for your ticket purchase will show up on your credit card statement as "Naperville Rotary Charities" or "House of Dreams" or something similar.

Q: Which credit cards do you accept? (top)
A: We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. You can also send us a check with your ticket request if you prefer. To mail in a ticket request, simply print out an order form, complete and sign the form and send it in with your check to the address noted.

Q: What if I want to pay cash? (top)
A: We do not recommend that you pay for a raffle ticket using cash. Please do not send cash through the mail with any ticket request, NRC is not responsible for lost or misdirected mail in ticket requests.

Q: Do you send unsolicited mail? (top)
A: The mailing and email address you provide to us is only used to provide information on current and future House of Dreams Charity Raffles. If at any time you wish to discontinue receiving any information of this nature from us, please contact us with your request and we will act to remove you from our mailing list and-or email list. Also, we do not sell, rent or otherwise use your information except in connection with the House of Dreams Charity Raffle. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Q: Where is the location of the Grand Prize Dream Home? (top)
A: The Grand Prize winner of the Spring 2015 House of Dreams Charity Raffle can build their Dream Home anywhere in the contiguous United States subject to the terms and conditions of the Raffle rules. See Official Rules for full details.

Q: How will I know if I win a prize? (top)
A: Winners will be contacted via phone or through the mail following each prize drawing. The contact information provided with the ticket purchase will be utilized to contact winners. All winners will also be available on the House of Dreams Charity Raffle website after each drawing.

Q: Are the certificates consecutively numbered? (top)
A: No. Certificate numbers are randomly generated and assigned as ticket requests are processed. After a ticket request has been successfully processed, the assigned certificate number will be sent via confirmation email for online orders. All persons that purchase a raffle ticket will also receive a paper copy in the mail.

Q: How many certificates will be sold? (top)
A: There is no cap on the number of certificates that will be sold prior to the Spring 2015 House of Dreams Charity Raffle final entry deadline of May 15, 2015.

Q: Can my raffle ticket be used as a tax deduction? (top)
A: The IRS has taken the position that amounts paid for chances to participate in raffles, lotteries or similar programs are not gifts and, therefore, the price of your entry does not qualify as a deductible charitable contribution. Please consult with your own tax advisor for any additional information. The IRS further requires corresponding income tax withholding on prizes with values of $5,000 or greater be paid prior to prize distribution.

Q: Can I "Gift" my winnings to another person? (top)
A: Yes. There are no restrictions on a winner's ability to share prizes after they have been awarded in the Spring 2015 HOD Charity Raffle. Subject to the pertinent prize requirements, you are free to donate, gift or otherwise distribute your prize to another person or entity, including another charity. You can also typically roll your winnings over for certificates in the next House of Dreams Charity Raffle, or if you choose, donate your winnings to Naperville Rotary Charities for use to support its charitable and humanitarian activities. Note, the winner of any prize remains solely responsible for: (i) complying with all prize requirements; (ii) providing NRC with all proper transfer documentation bearing notarized signatures, as required by NRC, in connection with any requested transfer of a prize; and (iii) any and all taxes, fees, assessments and like charges associated with their prize. Please see Official Rules for more details.

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