Recently I was challenged on why I am “championing” Michael Marin, the former banker who was found guilty of arson and then killed himself in court. In short, I’m not championing “Michael Marin,” I just think people should know his side of the story. The prosecution fed so much misinformation to the media that the public is convinced that Michael Marin was a criminal and a con man, and I have a hard time with that.Read More »
A couple nights ago, a friend randomly asked if I had heard about the court suicide story headlining the news. Indeed I had.Read More »
Art Gallery & Library
Another way to help the Child Crisis Center is to purchase the sculpture paintings and books of Michael J. Marin, the artist and author who made his home available to the Child Crisis Center for purposes of making the Arizona Dream House Raffle possible. You may have noticed some of his work in the photo gallery. Ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of every sculpture painting and book is donated to the Child Crisis Center. Click on the thumbnails below for detailed views of some of Mr. Marin’s sculpture paintings. Scroll further down the page for more information about Mr. Marin, a description of his books, and a complete gallery of his sculpture paintings. Contact the artist directly by email at email@example.com or by telephone at (480) 213-1778 to order or commission sculpture paintings. Go to http://www.macawpublishing.com to order books. Mr. Marin is climbing Everest this spring. Follow his progress on the Everest Blog as he prepares to climb the highest mountain in the world.Read More »
I found this in the web archives of the WayBack Machine. The graphics are missing, but I still thought it would be helpful.
These are the official rules (the “Rules”) of the Arizona Dream House Raffle (the “Raffle”). Basically, the deal here is that these are the Rules, and you have to agree to be bound by the Rules if you want to enter the Raffle, so read them carefully, and if you don’t like them or you don’t understand them, don’t enter the Raffle. It’s that simple. We’ve tried to make the Rules as fair and reasonable and easy-to-understand as possible. We reserve the right to modify the Rules as may be necessary or advisable to comply with the requirements of legal, regulatory, and tax authorities having proper jurisdiction.
You may access our secure checkout area to purchase a ticket online at any time by clicking on the raffle ticket icon above wherever you find it on this website. Click herefor more information on how to enter the Raffle. You might win a dream house. You will make a difference!
1. Definitions. The following terms have the following meanings when used in these Rules and elsewhere in this web site:
“Arizona Dream House” means the property described in detail on the House Details page of this web site commonly identified with the street address 71 Biltmore Estates Drive, Phoenix, Arizona 85016 and more fully described for legal purposes as Lot 23, Squaw Peak Vista, according to Book 185 of Maps, page 33, in the records of Maricopa County, Arizona together with all buildings, improvements, and fixtures theron.
“Grand Prize” means either the Arizona Dream House or if less than 176,000 Raffle tickets are sold, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, an amount of money calculated in accordance with the terms and conditions of Paragraph 7 of these Rules.
“Sponsor” means the Child Crisis Center.
2. Eligibility. Void where prohibited by law. Basically, if it’s not legal for you to participate in the Raffle under the laws of your jurisdiction, don’t enter. Other than that, the Raffle is open to all persons age 21 and over; provided, however, that officers, directors, and employees of the Sponsor, its agents, consultants, attorneys, independent accounting firms, and their spouses and children living in the same household are not eligible. For purposes of the Rules a “person” can mean a natural person or a legal entity (such as a corporation or a trust) that is duly authorized to enter the Raffle. Any person who purchases a ticket and enters the Raffle is hereinafter referred to individually as an “Entrant” and collectively as “Entrants.”
3. Taxes. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the Raffle winners. Winners will be issued appropriate tax forms published by the United States Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) (IRS Form 1099G or IRS Form 5754 and W2-G for example) for the actual amount of cash prizes or the estimated retail value of any property. Withholding may also be required, especially in the case of non-U.S. citizens. Each Entrant is advised to consult his or her own tax advisor(s) with respect to any tax liabilities that may arise from winning a prize in the Raffle.
4. Entry Period. Entrants have from 12:01 a.m. Arizona time on January 19, 2009 until midnight Arizona time on June 20, 2009 (the “Entry Period”) to purchase a ticket; provided, however, that the Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the Entry Period early if 176,000 tickets are sold prior to June 20, 2009; provided, further, that if 176,000 tickets have not been sold prior to June 20, 2009, the Sponsor reserves the right to extend the Entry Period until 176,000 tickets have been sold for up to a maximum of 120 days. The Sponsor further reserves the right to terminate the Entry Period early at any time during the Entry Period if in the sole discretion of the Sponsor it does not appear likely that ticket sales will reach 176,000 prior to the expiration of the Entry Period, as the same may be extended pursuant to the Rules, in which case all prizes awarded in connection with the Raffle (including the Grand Prize) will be cash amounts calculated in accordance with the Rules.
5. How To Enter. Entrants may purchase raffle tickets for twenty-five dollars ($25) online or by telephone, fax, or mail. Click here for more information on how to enter the Raffle.
Online, phone, and fax entries and payments must be received prior to the end of the Entry Period. Envelopes containing entry forms and payments sent in the mail must be postmarked prior to the end of the Entry Period and must be received no later than seven (7) days following the end of the Entry Period.
No entry is valid unless and until payment by check, money order, or credit card is received. For credit card purchases, Entrants must provide the full name, billing address, and telephone number of the cardholder together with the credit card number and expiration date. If a check is returned for any reason, the entry will be invalid.
For each valid entry there will be assigned to the name and address of the Entrant a unique ticket number that will be used to determine prize winners in the Raffle. All transactions will be processed in Arizona.
A maximum of one hundred seventy-six thousand (176,000) tickets will be issued and available for purchase. When they’re gone, they’re gone, so enter early and often and refer your friends before it’s too late. No entry will be accepted after 176,000 tickets have been sold, or after the end of the Entry Period, whichever occurs first.
Subject to availability, Entrants may purchase as many tickets as they wish. Tickets are personal and can only be in the name of one Entrant. Entrants may not sell, donate, or otherwise transfer their ticket(s). Prizes will be issued only to the Entrant.
The Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify false entries, entries suspected of being false, and any illegible, defective, incomplete, or physically altered entry forms and entries that do not include valid or complete payment information. The Sponsor is not responsible for printing errors or for lost, late, misdirected, or non-delivered mail or corrupt fax messages or any other failure to receive orders prior to the end of the Entry Period. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned.
The Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Raffle or violating the Rules. The Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel the Raffle should it suspect fraud or if natural disasters, civil unrest, terrorist attacks, economic dislocations, the imposition or threat of legal, regulatory, administrative, or tax penalties or similar obstacles, or other reasons not in the control of the Sponsor render it impossible or impracticable to continue with the Raffle, in which case the Sponsor in its sole discretion may choose to terminate the Entry Period early as provided in Paragraph 4 of these Rules and hold the drawing or simply refund the purchase price of tickets to Entrants; provided, however, in the event of a refund the Sponsor will deduct from each refund an amount necessary to pay for postage and the administrative expenses associated with the refund.
6. Drawings. Drawings for all prizes will be conducted by a representative of the Sponsor under the supervision of an independent accounting firm.
Multi-Ticket Drawing. Entrants who buy more than one ticket will be entered automatically into an additional drawing (the “Multi-Ticket Drawing”) for a chance to win up to $40,000 in prizes.
Entrants who purchase two or more tickets will receive the same number of entries into the Multi-Ticket Drawing as the number of tickets they buy, so for example if an Entrant buys two tickets, that Entrant will get two entries into the Multi-Ticket Drawing; if an Entrant buys three tickets, that Entrant will get three entries into the Multi-Ticket Drawing, and so on.
In order to qualify for the Multi-Ticket Drawing, Entrants don’t have to buy all of their tickets at the same time, but if they don’t it is their responsibility to make sure they use the same name and the same address on subsequent ticket orders or they won’t qualify for the Multi-Ticket Drawing.
To be eligible for the Multi-Ticket Drawing, qualifying ticket orders with payments must be received before all 176,000 tickets are sold and in any event prior to the end of the Entry Period.
Refer-A-Friend Drawing. If an Entrant (for purposes of this paragraph a “Referral”) provides the name of a previous Entrant (for purposes of this paragraph a “Referring Entrant”) at the time of purchase, the Referring Entrant will be entered automatically into an additional drawing (the “Refer-A-Friend Drawing”) for a chance to win up to $40,000 in prizes. For every ticket purchased by a Referral, the Referring Entrant whose name the Referral provided will receive an entry into the Refer-A-Friend Drawing. This can happen in several different ways. One Referral may purchase one ticket, in which case the Referring Entrant will receive one entry into the Refer-A-Friend Drawing. Or one Referral may purchase multiple tickets, in which case the Referring Entrant will receive an entry into the Refer-A-Friend Drawing for each of those tickets. Or among multiple Referrals some may purchase one ticket and others may purchase multiple tickets, in which case the Referring Entrant will receive as many entries into the Refer-A-Friend Drawing as there are tickets purchased by such Referring Entrant’s Referrals. To be eligible for the Refer-A-Friend Drawing, the Referring Entrant must purchase a ticket, and no, the Referring Entrant can’t provide the Referring Entrant’s own name as the Referring Entrant. To be eligible for the Refer-A-Friend Drawing, qualifying ticket orders with payments must be received before all 176,000 tickets are sold and in any event prior to the end of the Entry Period.
Grand Prize Drawing. Drawings for all prizes will take place fourteen (14) days following the end of the Entry Period on the grounds of the Arizona Dream House, 71 Biltmore Estates Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85016, or at such other place as the Sponsor may designate by a notice published on this web site no later than the end of the Entry Period. Drawings may be open to the public, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, but Entrants do not need to be present to win. On the day of the drawing prizes prizes 500 – 11 will be drawn beginning at 2:00 p.m. local time. The Multi-Ticket Drawing, the Refer-A-Friend Drawing, drawings for Prizes 10 – 2, and the drawing for the Grand Prize will begin at 4:00 p.m. local time.
7. Prizes. Pursuant to Paragraph 4 of the Rules, the Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the Entry Period early at any time during the Entry Period if in the sole discretion of the Sponsor it does not appear likely that ticket sales will reach 176,000 prior to the expiration of the Entry Period, as the same may be extended pursuant to the Rules. In addition to the Grand Prize and up to $80,000 in prizes available for those Entrants who qualify for the Multi-Ticket Drawing and the Refer-A-Friend Drawing, Entrants are also eligible to win one of 499 other prizes. The Grand Prize may be the Arizona Dream House or a significant amount of money instead. It all depends on how many tickets are sold. Similarly, actual prize amounts depend on ticket sales. If all 176,000 tickets are sold prior to the expiration of the Entry Period, the following prizes will be awarded:
- Grand Prize:
- Arizona Dream House
- 2nd Prize:
- 3rd Prize:
- 4th Prize:
- 5th Prize:
- Prizes 6-10:
- $1,000 each
- Prizes 11-20:
- $500 each
- Prizes 21-150:
- $250 each
- Prizes 151-500
- $100 each
- 1st Prize:
- 2nd Prize:
- 3rd Prize:
- 1st Prize:
- 2nd Prize:
- 3rd Prize:
If, however, less than 176,000 tickets are sold prior to the expiration of the Entry Period, the amount of each prize will be adjusted according to the following formula: the original amount times a fraction, the numerator of which is the actual number of tickets sold and the denominator of which is 176,000, equals the amount of the prize that will be awarded. So, for example, if only 158,400 tickets are sold (90% of 176,000), and the original amount of the prize was $10,000, then $9,000 will be awarded.
If the Sponsor exercises the right to terminate the Entry Period early due to lackluster ticket sales pursuant toParagraph 4 of the Rules, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor the Grand Prize will be either the Arizona Dream House or an amount equal to 50% of the gross receipts from ticket sales up until the end of the abbreviated Entry Period minus the costs incurred to plan, develop, run, and promote the Raffle. So, for example, if only 88,000 tickets are sold (50% of 176,000) and it cost $200,000 to make the Raffle happen, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor the Grand Prize will be either the Arizona Dream House or $2 million. The closer ticket sales approach 176,000 the more likely it is that the Sponsor will opt for awarding the Arizona Dream House as the Grand Prize.
In the event that the Arizona Dream House is awarded as the Grand Prize, it will be transferred to the winner of the Grand Prize within ninety (90) days of the end of the Entry Period in “as-is” condition with no respresentations or warranties, express or implied, from the Sponsor, the owner of the Arizona Dream House, or any other party. The Sponsor will be responsible for the following closing costs: any real estate transfer taxes, recordation costs, title abstract, title search, flood certification, any closing agent fee, owner’s title insurance, and property taxes up until the transfer of title. The winner of the Grand Prize will be responsible for property taxes after the transfer of title, homeowner’s insurance, homeowners association dues, and any home warranty the winner of the Grand Prize may desire to purchase. Any income taxes arising from winning any prize are the responsibility of the winner.
The owner of the Arizona Dream House (the “Owner”) reserves the right to list the Arizona Dream House for sale during the Entry Period. The Owner further reserves the right to sell the Arizona Dream House if in consultation with the Sponsor it does not appear likely that ticket sales will reach 176,000 prior to the expiration of the Entry Period. If the Owner sells the Arizona Dream House, the Sponsor will terminate the Entry Period early pursuant to Paragraph 4 of the Rules and all prizes awarded in connection with the Raffle (including the Grand Prize) will be cash amounts calculated in accordance with the Rules.
8. Notification. Winners will be notified by telephone, e-mail, and/or mail using the contact information the winning Entrant provided at the time the Entrant entered the Raffle. It is the responsibility of Entrants to inform the Sponsor if contact information changes. If a prize winner (a) cannot be located, (b) fails to respond to attempts to contact him or her within fourteen (14) days of the first such attempt, (c) is prohibited from accepting or receiving the prize for any reason, or (d) fails to provide in a timely manner any evidence the Sponsor may reasonably request regarding eligibility (such as proof of age, residence, or citizenship) or identity (showing, for example, that the person claiming the prize is the same person as the Entrant with the winning ticket number) or tax information (such as a social security number or tax identification number) , the prize winner will be deemed to have forfeited his or her prize. In the event of a forfeiture, the prize in question will become the property of the Sponsor and there will be no further drawing for that prize. Once contact has been established and the identity, eligibility, and current mailing address of a winner has been confirmed, cash prizes will be delivered in the sole discretion of the Sponsor by United States Postal Service registered mail or via an express mail delivery service such as Federal Express. Payment will be delivered in the form of a check made payable to the name provided when the prize winner originally entered the Raffle.
9. Consent. By entering the Raffle, all Entrants consent to the worldwide use of their names, photographs, likenesses, statements, biographical information, voices, and video images for advertising and promotional purposes, including online announcements and in all forms of media, now or hereafter known, in perpetuity, without review or permission, for this Raffle and any other similar promotions, without limitation and without compensation, except where prohibited by law.
10. Proceeds. Proceeds from the Raffle will benefit the Sponsor in its ongoing efforts to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect in Arizona.
11. Odds. Odds of an Entrant winning depend on the total number of tickets sold and how many tickets the Entrant purchases. If the maximum number of 176,000 tickets are sold, and an Entrant only purchases one ticket, the odds of winning the Grand Prize are 1:176,000 and the odds of winning one of the lower prizes are 1:348.
12. Binding Effect. By entering the Raffle, except and only to the limited extent expressly prohibited by law, Entrants agree to be fully and unconditionally bound by these Rules, waive any right to claim that terms or conditions governing the Raffle or any other information available on this web site (including, without limitation, these Rules) are ambiguous, confusing, or unfair, waive any right to claim that any material facts were not disclosed that might have influenced their decision to purchase one or more Raffle tickets, acknowledge that these Rules are not subject to change or modification by any oral statements made by any employee or other person acting or purporting to act on behalf of the Sponsor, and further agree to be bound by the Sponsor’s exercise of discretion, decisions, and interpretation of these Rules.
13. Release and Indemnity. By entering the Raffle, except and only to the limited extent expressly prohibited by law, Entrants agree to release the Sponsor, its officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents, the owner of the Arizona Dream House, and any person or entity associated with the production, judging, or administration of the Raffle from and against any claims, damages, disability, attorneys’ fees, and costs of litigation and settlement, as well as any liability due to any injuries, damages, or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from redemption, acceptance, possession, ownership, misuse, or use of any prize or participation in the Raffle or any activity related to the Raffle.
14. Arbitration. ANY CLAIM OR CONTROVERSY BETWEEN ANY ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER RAFFLE PARTICIPANT AND THE SPONSOR, THE OWNER OF THE ARIZONA DREAM HOUSE, OR ANY OTHER PARTY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE RAFFLE OR TO THESE RULES SHALL BE SETTLED BY BINDING ARBITRATION ADMINISTERED BY THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION UNDER ITS COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION RULES, AND JUDGMENT ON THE AWARD RENDERED BY THE ARBITRATOR MAY BE ENTERED IN ANY COURT HAVING JURISDICTION THEREOF.
15. Governing Law. Any disputes regarding these Rules and/or the Raffle will be governed by the laws of the State of Arizona without regard to conflicts of law principles.
16. Warning. ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE RAFFLE MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE RAFFLE. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY FEES) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.
17. Exclusive Remedy. The sole and exclusive remedy for any claim against the Sponsor, the owner of the Arizona Dream House, or any other party arising out of the sale of Raffle tickets or the conduct of the Raffle shall be limited to the return of the purchase price paid for any Raffle ticket(s). In no event shall the Sponsor, its directors, officers, employees, agents, or representatives, or the owner of the Arizona Dream House be liable to any party for any loss or injury to earnings, profits, or goodwill, or for any incidental, special, punitive, or consequential damages of any person or entity whether arising in contract, tort, or otherwise, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.
18. Privacy. The Sponsor will not share, sell, distribute, or use personal information collected by the Sponsor except for such use as may be necessary to administer the Raffle.
19. Rules and List of Winners. A list of all prize winners will be posted on this website within fourteen (14) days after the drawing for the Raffle. A copy of the list of winners and a copy of these Rules may be obtained by sending a self-address, stamped envelope to: Arizona Dream House Raffle, c/o Child Crisis Center, P.O Box 4114, Mesa, Arizona 85211, USA. WA and VT residents need not affix return postage. Requests must be received within fourteen (14) days after the drawing for the Raffle.
20. Compliance with Arizona State Law. The Sponsor is conducting the Raffle pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute §13-3302, paragraph B, as an organization which has qualified for an exemption from taxation of income under Arizona Revised Statute §43-1201, paragraph 4, and which has been in continuous existence in Arizona for at least the last five years. Neither the Arizona Attorney General nor any subdivision of the State of Arizona has reviewed, authorized, or approved the Raffle.Read More »