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Motivating Youth Foundation To Raffle
Million Dollar Home To One Lucky Winner

by Amanda Smith

million dollar home

The Motivating Youth Foundation in Macon, Georgia will raffle a $1 million Grand Prize in a drawing that also includes a 2011 Chevy Cruze, $1000 and $2000 gift cards from Ken’s Audio and a Dell laptop computer.

Tickets for the raffle are a mere $100 and all proceeds will be used for scholarships to assist local youth with college, a dream that many might have given up on otherwise. "I would like to help the average student get into college," says Motivating Youth Founder and Executive Director Roger Jackson. "Many young people believe that they could never go to college and they drop out of high school in great numbers because of that belief." As a former NFL professional football player, Jackson understands the importance of mentoring our youth. "My former coach, Dan Reeves, remains a close friend and supports the Motivating Youth
Foundation," Jackson said.

The million dollar dream home is located on Lite-N-Tie Road in Gray, Georgia and is approximately 8800 square feet sitting on six acres of land. Beautiful and lavish, the home has five bedrooms, seven baths, a game room complete with games and six flat screen TVs. Outside, you can find a pool and an ATV trail.

But how did this nonprofit organization come to have a million dollar home to give away? Jackson says it was the strangest thing. "I was sitting at a red light on Riverside Drive in Macon one day and a car pulled up beside me," he said. "A man in the car said to me 'Are you Roger Jackson?' and I said 'Yes'. The man asked me to pull over and I said 'No'. When he said that he wanted to give my kids some money, I changed my mind and pulled over." The gentleman driving the car told Jackson that he had heard a lot of great things about the Motivating Youth Foundation and After School Program from kids that had attended and that he and his wife wanted to do something for the kids. That something turned out to be a gift of a million dollar home, donated by a man who prefers to remain anonymous.

Later, Jackson drove to the address that the man had given him and pulled through gates and up to a mansion. He decided that he must be at the wrong address and when the gentleman came outside, Jackson asked him how much farther up the road he needed to travel. The donor assured him that he was at the right address. Jackson was astounded at the size and beauty of the home. "I was expecting a trailer or a shotgun house," he said. “This was a dream come true and I realized how many kids we could send to college through the proceeds from a raffle for this property." The Motivating Youth Foundation would like to provide scholarships for 50 -- 100 kids a year to the college of their choice.

Second, third and fourth prizes are big ticket items as well. Second prize is a 2011 Chevy Cruze, compliments of Youman's Chevrolet in Macon, Georgia. Third and fourth prizes are $2000 and $1000 gift cards compliments of Ken's Audio in Macon, Georgia. There is also a Dell laptop prize.

Tickets can be purchased at or where you can also find more information about the dream home, the raffle and the Motivating Youth Foundation. Tickets will be sold until midnight on April 15, 2011 and may also be purchased at the following locations:

BB&T - Macon Mall
Youman's Chevrolet
Ken's Audio (Macon & Warner Robins)
Elite Fitness )Gray)
Habersham Records
Jack O. Barber (Warner Robins)
Expert Wireless
Successful Images (Warner Robins)
Hair Expo
Jamaica Kitchen
Hair Exposure
Dab's Lottery Store
Stephen's Diner/Fashions
Styles by Rhonda & Expo Communications

Roger Jackson founded the nonprofit 501(c)3 Motivating Youth Foundation in 2008 and the After School Program opened its doors in 2009. The program provides opportunities for youth to excel in school through hands-on tutoring, online tutoring, motivation, rap sessions, character-building and one-on-one and group mentoring through social and athletic field trips. Located at 905 Main Street in Macon, Georgia, the after school program is open from 3pm -- 6pm during the school year and from 7am -- 7pm during the summer months. For more information, visit the website or call (478) 752-5185 or (478) 320-4756.

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