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(Oct. 12, 2012) The Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation has announced its 13th annual car raffle fundraiser to raise $50,000 for its ProStart® school-to-career program. The top prize is a 2012 Infiniti G25 from J.B.A Infiniti of Ellicott City, with $7,500 and $5,000 as second and third prizes respectively.

Twelve restaurants have teamed up with the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation. For every car raffle ticket purchased, the ticketholder will receive a $25 gift certificate from each of the 12 participating restaurants – that’s $300 worth of gift certificates.

“This year’s car raffle is a winwin for everyone involved,” said Michael Birchenall, chairman of the RAMEF Board of Directors. “There’s an incentive for people to purchase a raffle ticket because they’ll receive $300 worth of restaurant gift certificates right away, just in time for the holiday shopping season. The restaurants are excited to promote themselves to a pool of potential new customers and keep people dining out in Maryland. To top it all off, someone will win a new Infiniti G25.”

There is an exciting addition this year: Early Bird Drawing. Those who purchase a ticket by noon on Nov. 5, will be entered to win $2,500. This is in addition to the grand prize drawings for the Infiniti G25 or $25,000, second prize of $7,500, and third prize of $5,000.

Tickets for the raffle cost $300 each and only 325 tickets will be sold. Participating restaurants include:

• Ruth’s Chris Steak House – multiple locations

• The Melting Pot – Columbia
• Blue Hill Tavern – Baltimore
• Maggie’s – Westminster
• Brewer’s Alley – Frederick
• Baldwin’s Station – Sykesville
• Galaxy 66 Bar & Grille – Ocean City
• The Milton Inn – Baltimore
• Sotto Sopra – Baltimore
• The High Spot – Cambridge
• Lebanese Tavern – multiple locations
• Clyde’s – multiple locations

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit ProStart® and the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation Scholarship programs. The ProStart® program is a high school culinary and hospitality management curriculum that also requires 400 hours of paid industry work experience in order to receive a ProStart® National Certificate of Achievement. Students completing the ProStart® program are qualified to enter the workforce in positions above entry level and are on a fast track to management careers. ProStart® is endorsed by the Maryland State Department of Education and also prepares students for post secondary education at culinary schools and hospitality management programs. There are currently more than 4,000 high school students in the program in Maryland.

The Marcia S. Harris Legacy Fund, the Letitia B Carter Scholarship Fund and the Co-Branded Scholarship with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation are also managed and awarded through the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation.

“This raffle provides an opportunity to get 12 gift certificates that you can use as holiday gifts while helping support the future of the hospitality industry. The best part of all, you could even get something for yourself, a new Infiniti G25,” said Marshall Weston Jr., president and CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland and the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation.

The drawing for the raffle will be held on Dec. 3 at the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s annual holiday party in Columbia.

Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 1-800-874-1313. For more information on the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation and the car raffle visitwww.ramef.org/”www.ramef.org.

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