NIC president tours Really BIG raffle house

It’s coming along nicely.

            North Idaho College carpentry students are in the final stretch of getting this year’s Really BIG Raffle house ready before the July 9 drawing. On Wednesday, NIC President Joe Dunlap toured the three-bedroom, two-bath home on a Syringa Park corner lot in Post Falls. He talked to students like Jacob Smith, of Coeur d’Alene. Smith has been a roofer for 12 years, but decided to go back to school to round out his skills.

            “I don’t want to be a roofer forever,” Smith said. “This program has been great. Everyone’s been really helpful.”

            NIC carpentry students have been building houses in the area to be raffled off for 21 years. As NIC’s largest fundraiser, the successful program has provided thousands of dollars to support NIC students and programs. Community members can try their luck for a chance to win the $265,000 home as well as a $20,000 car, $10,000 boat, $3,500 vacation package and $2,000 shopping spree. Only 5,000 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each prior to the July 9 drawing. Early ticket purchasers can qualify for additional prizes including a $750 Costco gift card and a Silverwood Gold Season Pass.

This year’s grand prize home is a single-level, three-bedroom, two-bath with more than 2,000 square feet of living area. The home is located on a one-third acre lot that fronts Syringa Park at 2728 Bunchgrass Drive. Features of the home package include vaulted living areas, a large master suite with a walk-in, tiled shower, separate office/den, skylights, a three-car garage, partial fencing and room for RV parking.

Tickets can be purchased now at North Idaho outlets including Super 1 Foods, Trading

Company Stores in Post Falls, Stein’s Family Foods, Stock Building Supply, Lake City Ford, Buck Knives, the NIC Workforce Training Center and the NIC Foundation Office.  Idaho residents can also order by phone or online.

Information: (208) 769-3271 or



NIC President Joe Dunlap toured the Really BIG Raffle House in Post Falls Wednesday. Pictured is Dunlap (right) talking with Carpentry Instructor David McRae while Development/Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson looks out the window in the background.

For More Information
Kristen McFadden or Rayelle Anderson of the NIC Foundation, (208) 769-5978

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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