EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Half pot tickets for what would have been the Fall Festival are on sale now. The winner gets half of the ticket money, while the rest is donated to local charities.
Organizers say at least 100 organizations will receive a portion of the money from this year’s half pot, including Isaiah 117 House.
“I grew up on the west side of Evansville, and so I have experienced the West Side Nut Club for a lot of years and know that they just really give back to the community,” Telia Pitts said.
The West Side Nut Club half pot will once again help local charities.
“We just realized there was a great need in the city of Evansville for families to come alongside children that were in a place of great need,” Pitts said.
The Isaiah 117 House received a portion of last year’s half pot. The non-profit provides physical and emotional support in a safe and loving home for children awaiting foster care placement.
Telia Pitts and her husband are foster parents who work with Isaiah 117 House. The Pitts have two boys of their own.
“When I realized we were getting a placement of a child we didn’t have a car seat for, I asked, ‘Do I need to go get a car seat?' And they said, ‘No we have one here.’" Pitts said. “And we got there and we had a car seat, we had food, we had formula for the next few days, we had clothes.”
It’s families like the Pitts who help foster children that are the ones ultimately on the receiving end of this money.
“Our heart was just to bring kids into our home, and love on them and care for them, and provide a safe environment for them so they could get reunited with their family,” Pitts said.
The lucky winner of the half pot will be announced on October 6.
Last year, the pot totaled over $1.2 million.
Tickets for the West Side Nut Club half pot went on sale Thursday.
Even though the actual Fall Festival isn’t happening this year, one of the most exciting elements of the festival is pushing forward.
The ticket booths went up over the weekend on the westside of Evansville, and now you’ll be able to start buying your tickets.
There are four booths at three different locations, with two walk-up booths and two drive-up.
One booth is at the corner of Franklin Street and 10th Avenue. Another is located at Franklin and 11th Avenue near Franklin Street Tavern.
Two drive-up booths are placed in the old Bristol Myers parking lot at the corner of St. Joe Avenue and the Lloyd Expressway.
All staff and visitors must follow state guidelines, including social distancing, and wearing a mask.
Those ticket sales raise money for local charities in our area.
The winner gets half the pot while the other half goes to charities of the West Side Nut Club’s choice.
Tickets are one for $5, three for $10, 20 for $20, or 50 for $40.
Those tickets will be sold from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.