GWCC’s 10 Grand Club Winners Win Big
Friday, August 14th marked the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce’s annual 10 Grand Club event, where participants had a chance to take home a grand prize of $10,000. The virtual event’s success benefitted not only the prize winners, but also the non-profit organization itself and local entrepreneurial high school students.
The 10 Grand Club event is an important fundraising event for the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce (GWCC), a non-profit organization whose 501(c)(6) status has prevented it from receiving support from any government coronavirus stimulus packages to date. Similar to a lottery game, attendees purchase 1 of just 200 playing tickets, each with a corresponding ping pong ball. All 200 balls enter the lottery machine, with the goal of the player’s ball being drawn as one of the five finalists in the running for the $10,000 grand prize, though there are many additional gifts, donated by local businesses, to win throughout the evening. The five finalists have the choice to split the grand prize or to keep playing for a chance at taking home the full $10,000. A portion of the event’s proceeds supports Chamber scholarships for entrepreneurial high school students participating in West Chester University’s Business Idea Competition.
GWCC Interim President Dave Fairman hosted the event alongside QVC on-air host Kerstin Lindquist. All five finalists chose to split the winnings and walk away with $2,000 each. The five finalist balls, as well as the grand prize announcement were sponsored by Benchmark Federal Credit Union, who also donated $2,400 worth of tickets to four local nonprofits – The Arc of Chester County, Family Lives On, Family Service of Chester County, and Friends Association – for the chance at the $10,000 grand prize.
“The Chamber staff and 10 Grand planning committee worked hard to reimagine this event as a virtual program amidst the pandemic,” said Dave Fairman, Interim President at GWCC. “This success is the first step in transitioning our larger social events to online platforms. We couldn’t have done it without our generous sponsors, including Benchmark Federal Credit Union, Fox Rothschild, My Benefit Advisor and Infinti of West Chester.”
For more information on the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce’s 10 Grand Club event, please click here.