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  • 2019 BRICKPICKER LEGO Raffle to Keep St. Paul School Strong!


    Hello BrickPickers and LEGO fans from around the world...

     

    Time flies...It’s a little later than usual, but it's that time of year again.  Time to raise money for my son Max's school, St. Paul School, in Burlington, NJ. After three very...VERY...successful LEGO Raffles...

    ...in which we raised over $150,000.00 for the school, another year has passed, and it’s time to raffle off some more dynamic LEGO gifts for charity. The money we raised the last three years literally kept the school open...which is a great thing.  It's a special school that once again was voted BEST or ONE of the BEST Private Schools (4 years in a row) in Burlington County, NJ, by The Burlington County Times.  Along with the whole school being voted either BEST or One of the Best, St. Paul School and its faculty also won numerous other awards, such as:

    • Best or One of the Best Private Schools

    • Best PreK-Nursery School

    • Best or One of the Best Teacher(s)

    • Best Fundraiser

    • Best or One of the Best Music Instruction

    • Best Tutor Service (Junior National Honor Society)

    • Best SAT/ACT Preparation Service

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE 2019 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE FOR ST. PAUL SCHOOL!

    As I stated, the last three years, St. Paul School (SPS) and its community are special.  My son loves the school, even though he won't admit it. Most days he actually runs into the school.  People from all races and religions attend St. Paul School. Besides excelling in educating the children, the school does a tremendous amount of charity for local people in need. From food drives to helping out at local retirement homes, the children of St. Paul School are required to perform “service hours” that are designed to teach generosity, altruism and instill a hard-working, disciplined attitude.  Excellence is expected and permeates through St. Paul School and the faculty and student body, so does a sense of goodness and frugalness. We make a little money go a long way. For example:

    • All grade levels (Pre – K through 4) are scheduled for “Specials” each week...such as art, music, library, computers, and physical education

    • St. Paul School is nationally accredited by “AdvancED” (the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement – NCA – CASI.)

    • SPS middle-school students have three periods of Spanish and are testing into Spanish II for High School.

    • SPS provides more periods of physical education each week than is required by the State.

    • SPS provides multiple extracurricular activities such as: LEGO Robotics Club, Science Club, Vocal Choir, Rosary Group, Tonal Chimes, Hand Bell Choir, Crafty Kids Club, Basketball (Boys/Girls), Indoor Soccer, Cheerleading, Yearbook Club, National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), Student Council, MATHCounts, STREAM (Science Technology Religion Engineering Art Math, Activity Tutorial Period (ATP for 5th-8th grades)

    But all is not wonderful though.  As many of you know, many Catholic schools have a hard time making ends meet. Enrollments are down and many families do not have the extra money to spend on a private education.  Even superb schools like St. Paul School have a hard time keeping the doors open. While our enrollment has stabilized, we will still be way short of breaking even; thus the need for the 2019 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE. This year’s version of the LEGO raffle will start with TEN awesome prizes. These include:


     

    Keep St. Paul Strong 2019

    • $1000.00 Amazon Gift card

    • 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon

    Amusement Park Sets

    • 10196 Grand Carousel(Preowned by Ed Mack, Clean and Complete with Box/Instructions)

    • 10247 Creator Ferris Wheel

    STAR WARS Sidekicks

    • 10225 R2-D2

    • 75187 BB-8

    • 75230 Porg

    DC and Marvel Comics Super Sized Set Lot

    • 76042 The SHIELD Helicarrier

    OR

    • 76023 The Tumbler

    AND

    • 76052 Batman Classic TV Series Batcave

    Modular Madness

    • 10224 Town Hall (Box is in poor condition...Set is new in sealed bags)

    • 10281 Pet Shop (New with some shelf wear)

    • 10246 Detective’s Office (New)

    St. Paul School Mystery Lot (Dozens of sets...Thousands and thousands of pieces)

    Fast and the Furious

    • 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

    OR

    • 42083 Bugatti Chiron

    AND

    • 10265 Ford Mustang

    British Invasion!

    • 10253 Creator Big Ben

    • 10214 Creator Tower Bridge

     

    PLUS “BONUS SET”!!!

    Spook Spectacular Lot

    • 10228 Haunted House

    • 30200 Zombie Chauffeur Coffin Car

    • 40260 Halloween Haunt

    • 9461 The Swamp Creature

    • 9464 The Vampyre Hearse

    • 850487 Minifigures Halloween Accessory Set

    • 40203 Vampyre and Bat


     

    Once again, this year’s total prize value equals or exceeds the previous three year's total prize value.  The last three years, we had 31 raffle prizes and winners from around the world. From Vancouver, Canada to Reno, Nevada to Miami Beach, Florida to the Isle of Man, United Kingdom and everywhere in between, generous raffle participants were rewarded with awesome LEGO prizes. I wish we had some winners in New Jersey so I can hand deliver the sets...maybe this year!  We even had repeat winners!  The 2019 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE can be found here on the secure Rally.up.com site:

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE 2019 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE FOR ST. PAUL SCHOOL!

    Like the last three years, we will ship the prizes to anywhere across the globe.  If there is an issue with shipping or prizes, a comparable prize and/or shipping method will be arranged with the winner. The last two years, the LEGO BRICKPICKER RAFFLES worked very well.  The Rallyup.com site is a first class, secure site that made this all possible. They also issued the school a big fat check(s).  All raffle proceeds and donations benefit the school directly by bridging the gap between what tuition covers and actual educational costs. It also raises money to upgrade the school’s technology, keeping St. Paul School ahead of the academic curve with a dynamic curriculum. The prizes have been donated by Jeff and I, the St. Paul School PTA and by some very generous BrickPicker members. I am hoping, like last year, that more people will donate sets after the raffle begins. It was fun adding to the prizes last year. You never know what can pop up as a prize!

     

    On a personal note, once again, I would like to thank every person who donated sets/money and/or bought tickets to last three year’s LEGO BRICKPICKER RAFFLES. It helped save a wonderful school and kept dozens of people employed and 175 kids with their friends and teachers. I don’t like asking but will anyway...please help out again this year.  Even buying one ticket can help, and it gives you a chance to win some great prizes. Watching the raffle ticket total rise every day was an intense rush and extremely gratifying experience. It made me so proud to have started this site with my brother Jeff and made me realize there is still good in this world.  I know some people do not approve of donating to faith- based schools or charities.  I respect that, but also please respect my beliefs. This is not about religion. This is about helping a great school remain open and kids in their school and teachers in their jobs.  Please keep negative comments to yourself. Thank you...

     

    The structure is slightly different this year.  Unlike in the past three years when, for example, $10.00 would buy a single chance, this year $10.00 will buy 10 chances or raffle tickets in some of the raffles.  This is done for several reasons. For one, the Rallyup.com site has come up with a way to help put more money into the charity’s bank account. They will ask if a person who buys chances will “donate” money to support the raffle.  In years past, St. Paul School would have to pay a percentage back to the Rallyup.com site to run it. This year, people can donate a few dollars to help out, and they will GET MORE CHANCES FOR PRIZES if they do so. Donors will visit the campaign page and choose how many raffle entries they want to purchase. During checkout, they’ll be asked if they want to add a small "tip" to help fund the campaign costs. In exchange, they’ll receive a limited number of “bonus” entries into the drawing. Tipping is entirely optional.  This is a win-win for the school and for donors!  

     

    The contest will end on May 21, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Winners will be notified by Rallyup.com early on the 22nd of May.  If you are a winner, please contact me on the site so we can confirm the prizes and shipping addresses. The Rallyup.com site works very well and is secure, so please feel confident in donating to the school and purchasing raffle tickets. All the money goes to St. Paul School, which is a 501(c)(3), and to Rallyup.com for running the raffle.  I will make every effort to supply the winners with the appropriate prizes. If there are shipping issues, inventory issues or potential problems beyond my control, I will make sure the winners are awarded LEGO sets/gift cards comparable to the original prizes. Any questions, ideas or concerns, please reply below or PM Jeff or me…

     

    TICKETS AVAILABLE UNTIL: May 21, 2019, at 11:59 PM EST (Cinco de Mayo)

    DRAWING DATE: May 22, 2019, at 12:00 AM EST

     

    Thanks again!

    Ed Mack

     

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    1 hour ago, waddamon said:

    I bought some tickets, sorry I have been so busy I kept forgetting.

    Thanks...Generous as always.  We have to send out a few emails to all past participants over the next week to remind them.  

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    Some of our awesome kids at Lego club.  Just one of the many after school activities that Saint Paul School offers.  Thank you for all the support that you give to our school  

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    We have had a few questions about entering the LEGO raffle from Europe and other parts of the world...YES..YOU CAN!  As long as you have a valid shipping address and you don't usually have issues receiving packages via UPS or Fed Ex or similar, you can enter.  

    I have shipped to Belgium, Canada , United Kingdom, and Singapore.  

    I will also accept PayPal payments to my personal account and buy tickets for you if you don't want to use a credit card.  

    ONE WEEK LEFT and we are at $10,000.00.  Thanks for the support.

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    I apologize for being such a slacker around here.  Thanks for the last reminder.  I just got my tickets and I feel I should win the amusement park sets with ticket w666.  Maybe this will be the one carousel I will like.  For some reason the repetition gets to me with others I have built.  Good luck everyone.

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    I apologize for being such a slacker around here.  Thanks for the last reminder.  I just got my tickets and I feel I should win the amusement park sets with ticket w666.  Maybe this will be the one carousel I will like.  For some reason the repetition gets to me with others I have built.  Good luck everyone.

    Thanks for your generosity. You have done well the past few years, but bet big, win big as they say. The Grand Carousel is a wonderful set and I will miss it.

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    I would like to personally thank Huw from Brickset.com.  For the past four years,  Huw and his team have helped promote the BrickPicker LEGO raffle, even though there are complaints on his site about the raffle and our website in particular.  He is one of the good guys!  Thanks again!

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    14 minutes ago, Ed Mack said:

    I would like to personally thank Huw from Brickset.com.  For the past four years,  Huw and his team have helped promote the BrickPicker LEGO raffle, even though there are complaints on his site about the raffle and our website in particular.  He is one of the good guys!  Thanks again!

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    Ive read through the comments/concerns posted there and its a mixed bag. If I had the resources to offer a raffle like this for the education of my children, I would be doing the same thing. To each their own. I don't understand the comments encouraging others not to donate. If you are spending/donating money, its ones own choice to do the research behind where it is going. All of these people throwing up so-called "red-flags" really should put their resources elsewhere.

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    43 minutes ago, CosmicSpeed said:

    Ive read through the comments/concerns posted there and its a mixed bag. If I had the resources to offer a raffle like this for the education of my children, I would be doing the same thing. To each their own. I don't understand the comments encouraging others not to donate. If you are spending/donating money, its ones own choice to do the research behind where it is going. All of these people throwing up so-called "red-flags" really should put their resources elsewhere.

    Most people understand and are respectful and generous.  I used to take it more personally, but I know the truth and I am OK with the negative comments.   The most negative comments were made out of ignorance.  They know nothing of the school or the community or the situation with the diocese.  What I do know it's a POSITIVE force in my community and needs to remain open.  That's why I fight for it...

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    Two more days to buy tickets to win some great prizes!  Might be the LAST LEGO raffle, so take advantage of the opportunity!

     

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    14 minutes ago, Ed Mack said:

    Might be the LAST LEGO raffle, so take advantage of the opportunity!

    Well, if the end is coming - you can at least know how much you were able to help out the school (which is great).

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    25 minutes ago, KShine said:

    Well, if the end is coming - you can at least know how much you were able to help out the school (which is great).

    Not the end for the school, end of my supply of LEGO sets possibly.

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    Just now, Ed Mack said:

    Not the end for the school, end of my supply of LEGO sets possibly.

    But what are you gonna do with all that empty space???

    It would seem hard to imagine keeping the passion that is necessary to run this site, without having a vested interest in LEGO.

    Hopefully this is only the end of your supply.

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    19 minutes ago, KShine said:

    But what are you gonna do with all that empty space???

    It would seem hard to imagine keeping the passion that is necessary to run this site, without having a vested interest in LEGO.

    Hopefully this is only the end of your supply.

    It's all good...There are lots of positive things going on behind the scenes.  I will explain more in a few weeks, but the last 6 months has only confirmed to me that reselling LEGO sets is a viable way to make money.

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    It's all good...There are lots of positive things going on behind the scenes.  I will explain more in a few weeks, but the last 6 months has only confirmed to me that reselling LEGO sets is a viable way to make money.
    Emazers is no more, but long live Edmazers !

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    4 minutes ago, Phil B said:
    27 minutes ago, Ed Mack said:
    It's all good...There are lots of positive things going on behind the scenes.  I will explain more in a few weeks, but the last 6 months has only confirmed to me that reselling LEGO sets is a viable way to make money.

    Emazers is no more, but long live Edmazers !

    LOL...That's no lie.  I bought more this past fall/winter than I have in years.

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    2 hours ago, Ed Mack said:

    It's all good...There are lots of positive things going on behind the scenes.  I will explain more in a few weeks, but the last 6 months has only confirmed to me that reselling LEGO sets is a viable way to make money.

    I always knew makeup and Lego could coexist...

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    11 minutes ago, ravenb99 said:

    I always knew makeup and Lego could coexist...

    LOL..I was a little uptight back then.  On a serious note, while Brickpicker will always have a special place for LEGO sets, but diversification into other toys like Funkos and action figures is already in the works.  I guess we can add a lipstick section for some oldtimers and clown fanatics.  

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    LOL..I was a little uptight back then.  On a serious note, while Brickpicker will always have a special place for LEGO sets, but diversification into other toys like Funkos and action figures is already in the works.  I guess we can add a lipstick section for some oldtimers and clown fanatics.  

    Investorsell part dos?

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    10 minutes ago, Migration said:


    Investorsell part dos?

    Good memory!  Jeff has dozens of great domain names that we have bought over the years.  Really depends upon how much we diversify.  The bread and butter of this site is now definitely reselling and good deals, so we will give the people what they want.  

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    Good memory!  Jeff has dozens of great domain names that we have bought over the years.  Really depends upon how much we diversify.  The bread and butter of this site is now definitely reselling and good deals, so we will give the people what they want.  

    All I ever wanted was like 2 columns added to the BrickPicker database.
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    Donation made. Haven't won yet, but third times the charm?

    Good luck to you and the school. Thanks for all your thankless work here on BP.

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    Is there a specific time in mind for drawing the prizes? Would be fun if there was somewhere the participants could follow live.

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