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The biggest raffle in the Valley is back! $250,000 of raffle prizes, only $100 a ticket, AND only 5,000 tickets sold. Plus, all proceeds benefit Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance’s mission to build  downtown Harrisonburg as a destination where independent businesses thrive and people enjoy memorable experiences. It’s a win-win!

A winner will be drawn every five minutes for four hours!

You do not have to be present to win. You must be 18+ to purchase a ticket. Winners will be contacted directly and announced online. Read full rules here.

2020 Prize List: 

Great odds for a great cause.

Purchasing a Friendly City Fortune ticket is a win-win!

Your purchase of a Friendly City Fortune raffle ticket supports HDR, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and the projects and programs that achieve our mission to build downtown Harrisonburg as a destination where independent businesses thrive and people enjoy memorable experiences. Here are some of the ways we do this:

Happy business owners celebrating together and holding up shop small signs

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

We offered businesses “Bricks & Clicks” – customized expert assistance in marketing, e-commerce, web design, interior design and business plan adjustments along with grants to help them make adjustments to survive the pandemic.

DESTINATION BUILDING

Our Alley Beautification Project transformed the path that links Court Square and Water Street with handmade planters and trash receptacles made by local wood workers. We published a new downtown magazine for nearby hotels and tourist destinations to attract more visitors downtown. Coming soon – a new sculpture that will be installed near the LOVEworks Sculpture and an online public art tour & brochure. Photo by Molly Whitmore

Downtown Harrisonburg outdoor renovation alley
Agora Downtown Market Sign

COMMUNITY EVENTS

We hosted “Bingo is Life,” Harrisonburg’s free family bingo gameshow event at Court Square Theater and have postponed downtown’s annual fireworks display for later this year. We look forward to producing more annual events again when it is safe to do so!

COVID-19 RESPONSE

Since March, we have been helping downtown businesses survive the pandemic. We developed the $100,000+ Small Business Resilience Grant program with our partners; send weekly emails with grant opportunities, guidelines and other important resources; worked with the City to set up a few dozen Quick Pick Up Parking Spots; launched two Support Local campaigns – including #EverydayHVA where people could win $25 gift certificates; and launched an online concert series called Sofapalooza that helped fund the Resilience Grant as well as supported local musicians. Photo by Mike Miriello