Participate in the Raffle

The URMIA Raffle is a favorite tradition! Proceeds support URMIA’s annual conference scholarships.

Donating Items

Everyone is invited to donate items to the raffle. Typical donations include logo items from schools and organizations (e.g., golf shirts/balls, sweatshirts, hats, t-shirts, jackets, stuffed animals, electronics, and handbags) and other items conference attendees would find valuable.

As you select items to donate, please keep size, weight, and fragility in mind. If you can’t pack your donation, the winner probably wouldn’t be able to either. URMIA will not ship raffle prizes. If you have any questions, please contact Joelle Marcum in the National Office.

If you choose to ship your donated items to the Sheraton Boston Hotel, please carefully read our shipping instructions to understand and minimize your costs.

Dropping Off Donations

Bring your raffle items to the registration desk as early in the conference as possible. This will give attendees maximum opportunities to bid on your contributions.


UPDATED on 9/18/19!

We are extending the raffle to 8:45 am on Thursday 9/19/19.

URMIA Raffle Room

Purchasing Raffle Tickets


Raffle tickets are $1 each.

At the Registration Desk

You may purchase as many tickets as you wish at the Registration Desk. We will accept cash and provide a kiosk for credit/debit cards sales.

Roaming Raffle Sales

Staff and volunteers with special URMIA aprons will be selling raffle tickets (cash only) at selected conference events and in the Raffle & Sponsor Room.

Bidding on Items

An Item in the URMIA Raffle



Raffle items will be on display in the Raffle & Sponsor Room (see hotel map), which will be open Sunday (12-5pm), Monday (8am-5pm), Tuesday (7am-5pm), and Wednesday (7am-5pm).

Make a Bid

To bid on an item, write your full name on the back of each raffle ticket, and place one or more of your tickets in the bag beside that item.


Tip: Bring pre-printed address labels to stick on the back of your tickets


Winners will be announced on a board in the Raffle & Sponsor Room, as well as posted on the annual conference Attendees community.

Pick Up Prizes by 10 am Thursday

All prizes must be picked up before the 10 am breakout session on Thursday, September 19. Any prizes not retrieved by this deadline will be included in a live drawing — along with a 2020 annual conference registration, a 2020 regional conference registration, and special 50th celebration items — during the Conference Closing & Door Prizes session.

URMIA Raffle Items