LCFH to raffle Italy, Portugal trips

A trip to Italy and a trip to Portugal are up for grabs in two raffles to support the nonprofit Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Tickets are on sale now.

The raffles are part of the agency’s annual Last Chance for White Pants Gala, but organizers believe the raffle tickets will sell out long before the party of the summer kicks off.

Both trips, which are for nine days each for two people, include airfare from Wilmington, seven-nights hotel accommodations at a four-star hotel, breakfast daily and round-trip transfers from airport to hotel in the destination city.

The Italy trip includes four nights in Rome; three nights in Florence; a half-day guided tour of Rome (Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica); one-way train ticket from Rome to Florence; a half-day guided tour of Florence (Duomo, Baptistery and Giotto’s Bell Tower); and a gourmet cooking class.

The Portugal trip includes three nights in Lisbon; four nights in Faro; a half-day guided tour of Lisbon (Old Lisbon Castle of St. Jorge, Jerónimos Monastery); half-day guided excursion to Evora (Bone Chapel); one-way train tickets from Lisbon to Faro; and a wine-tasting at a local vineyard.

“Only 500 raffle tickets will be sold for each trip,” Lindsey Champion, development manager, said. “The estimated value of each trip is $10,000, and the prize also includes federal income tax withholdings. We are so excited to partner with World Culture Tours for these raffles.”

Raffle tickets are $100 each. Participants must be 18 or older to purchase a ticket. Winners don’t have to be at the gala to claim the prize, but everyone is encouraged purchase their gala tickets early to attend.

This year gala attendees will be entertained by the party band, We Got the Beat. Gala tickets are $150 each.

The gala will be 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Aug. 27, at Audi Cape Fear, 255 Old Eastwood Road in Wilmington.

Buying tickets for the gala or raffles helps LCFH provide end-of-life care and comfort to those who need it most. As a nonprofit, patients are not turned away, regardless of ability to pay, and patients’ families get the attention and support they need.

For gala information, raffle details or to purchase tickets, visit or call 910-796-8099, Ext. 6.