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This month, El Ranchito de los Niños will announce the winner of a new home in Rio Rancho. The public is invited to join the celebration when the winning ticket will be drawn at the raffle home located at 6029 North Sandia Court, Rio Rancho, on Saturday, November 18, at 11:00 a.m. The new home is valued at $275,000.
The home was built by Abrazo Homes and a team of local businesses. The winner will have the option of choosing $100,000 in cash, instead of the grand prize home. Additional cash prizes include; first place $7,500, second place $5,000 and third place $2,500. Tickets are being sold for $75 each, with a limit of 4,000 tickets available. Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit El Ranchito de los Niños, a non-profit children’s home.
The 1,750 square-foot home in Abrazo’s Mariposa community in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The kitchen features granite countertops, upgraded cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. Abrazo Homes has added a three-car garage with a workshop area, and a complete home automation, networking, and wiring package. Mariposa’s community amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a 4-acre park, and walking and biking trails.
“The public is invited to view the home and witness the drawing of the winning tickets. We’ll have some light refreshments and would love to thank all those who’ve supported our children’s home by purchasing a ticket. We do not receive any state or federal funding so this fundraiser is crucial to supporting our mission to keep brothers and sisters together,” said Abby Eden, Special Events Coordinator, El Ranchito de los Niños.
Tickets can still be purchased by calling (505) 889-6040 or visiting the website. The deadline for purchasing tickets is November 15, 2017 at 5pm. A :30 spot featuring the home can be viewed at https://youtu.be/hWSYrT-m2ME
El Ranchito de los Niños is a non-profit children’s home dedicated to keeping brothers and sisters together who would otherwise be separated in foster care. In 2000, Mike and Kathy Mechenbier, Los Lunas ranchers and farmers founded the home after seeing the need to provide a permanent home for siblings who were separated when placed in state custody. They built a 7,200 square-foot ranch home in Los Lunas, New Mexico, with the capacity to raise up to 16 children, from infancy to the age of 18. The home provides a long term—and sometimes permanent—stable, loving home where sibling groups are raised as a family and provided an education as a means of breaking the cycle. Long-term, El Ranchito de los Niños offers transition services to its teens as they prepare for college, military, or job training. The home has an on-site apartment where former residents can stay during visits and short-term stays, such as college breaks.