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Raffle, Raffle! Get your Raffle Ticket Here!!

Posted By Rona Lyn Esquejo-Leon, Friday, November 2, 2012
Updated: Friday, November 2, 2012


When I first entered the field of Ophthalmic Photography, I was a student at Rochester Institute of Technology and interning at West Coast Medical Group, LLC. My manager showed me the program for the OPS Annual Program.  There were many papers in the program covering the different events during the meeting.  I really do not remember it all.  What I do remember is the flyer containing the Johnny Justice Jr. Scholar Ship Award (JJJSA) blurb and a small colorful piece of paper with RAFFLE written on it.  I blew off the RAFFLE and continued to read about the scholarship.  How was I to know the importance of the JJJSA raffle?

Moving forward 3 years to the reception of my first OPS Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.  My manager and colleague, Sarah Moyer, won a Canon Powershot digital camera!  We were not there for more than an hour!  I thought to myself, "How in the world did she win a stellar gift…with no effort!”  So I asked her, "Sarah, that’s awesome!  How do I win something?!”  She told me she had purchased a raffle ticket for $10!  That night it seemed as though everyone I knew or whom I first met were winning a raffle prize.  Had I known previously what one raffle ticket could get me I would have bought 3 or 4!

Now, as the Chair of the JJJSA I truly understand the importance of the Raffle ticket and the leg work that goes into getting these wonderful gifts for OPS members to possibly win.  You see, these wonderful gifts are donated by our fellow vendors! This year we have receive raffle prizes (to date) from Bioptigen, Bryson Taylor, Canon, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Chace and Associates, LLC.; Ellex, Haag Streit, Heidelberg Engineering, Merge Healthcare, Optovue, Sonomed Escalon, Topcon Medical Systems and TTI Medical!  The funds collected from the raffle tickets go to supported OPS related activities, such as the JJJSA.  I am truly grateful that the vendors are willing to freely donate theses awesome prizes.  Last year vendors donated two laptops, gift certificates, textbooks and other wonderful prizes!  So far this year vendors have donated iPads, digital cameras,  Apple TV, and an iShuffle  just to name a few! 


So be sure to buy your raffle tickets!  There are a couple of ways to buy your raffle tickets.  First, you may go to, scroll on left of page to Online Store, on the main page go to Raffle Tickets, from there you select the amount of raffle tickets you want to purchase.  Secondly, you may purchase your raffle tickets at the registration desk or at the Welcome Reception on Friday, November 9th.  The other wonderful thing about purchasing your raffle tickets is you do not have to be present to win!  So, if we call your name and you are nowhere to be seen at the meeting, we will mail the raffle prize to you!  Seriously, it cannot get any easier than that!

So what are you waiting for?!  Stop reading my blog and buy your raffle tickets!!! Not only are you supporting the OPS, you might just win something special!


Written and Photos by: Rona Lyn Esquejo-Leon, CRA

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