Foxboro (August 31, 2005) -- On Thursday, Sept. 1, the New England Patriots will launch a special raffle for the specialty Patriots license plate featuring the no. 4, the number donned by Patriots clutch kicker Adam Vinatieri.
The "Four the Fans" raffle will run throughout the 2005 regular season, giving fans ample opportunities to stock up on chances. Tickets, which will be sold for $10 each, will be available online at www.patriots.com and in the Gillette Stadium ProShop starting Thursday. The winner will be selected in January at the conclusion of the regular season. All proceeds from raffle sales will benefit the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation.
"We have been delighted by the overwhelming interest in the Patriots specialty plates, through both sales at the Registry and our online auction of premium-numbered plates," said Rena Clark, the vice president of community affairs and corporate philanthropy for the Patriots. "This raffle was created with our fans in mind. With a minimal donation, they get an equal chance to take home this novel plate, while knowing that their contributions will benefit countless families and children throughout New England."
The New England Patriots license plates went into circulation in March and became the fasting selling specialty plate in the history of the Commonwealth, with over 7,000 plates currently on the road. The license plate features the Patriots logo centered above the Roman numerals representing each of the team's three Super Bowl Championships. The team is auctioning off hundreds of low numbered plates throughout the season at www.patriots.com to raise additional funds for the Charitable Foundation.
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation was established in 1994 by the Kraft family as a vehicle to help support the youth and families of New England. The Foundation's mission is to assist a variety of charitable organizations and programs that foster cultural diversity, education, family, and health. The Foundation uses its resources to serve the youth of New England by encouraging their education, growth, creativity and development of character; and to help support a better quality of life in the communities the Foundation serves.