The raffle committee is a fundraising committee that is in its second year at the State Fair, Cheek says. The committee sells tickets and gets corporate sponsorships for the raffle, which will give away 14 different prizes at the State Fair, he notes.
“Everybody knows about the State Fair; everyone has a corny dog and rides the Ferris wheel,” Cheek says. “But not everyone knows that the State Fair is a nonprofit corporation, and its job is to provide scholarships to help kids out and help them go to college.”
“I am originally from a very small town in West Texas called Chillicothe,” he says. “I grew up on a farm, and when I was growing up, in elementary school through high school, we would bring animals, steer and pigs, to the fair every year.” Cheek says he received a scholarship from the State Fair that helped him pay for college.
Cheek says he started out volunteering on the livestock auction committee, which is the biggest fundraiser at the fair. When the State Fair said they needed a way to get more young professionals involved and a way to raise more money for scholarships, he helped with the raffle committee, he says. “I try to give back something to the organization that helped me out when I was a scholarship recipient.”
— Christine Lesicko