Why it works.

WhyitWorksWelcome!  As we  officially launch the 2016 Threadhead Cultural Foundation Raffle, it is important to review a few procedural matters.

First, especially if you are here for the first time,  please consult this page to understand how our raffle operates.  With only one exception, every item for purchase is actually a ticket to a raffle for the prize shown.   The raffle drawing takes place on April 17, 2016.  So consult our How It Works  page for information on those details.

But even it is more important to understand Why it Works,  and by that, I am not referring to the technology involved.   For nearly ten years, the Threadhead raffle has worked because of the effort of hundreds of volunteers and donors from across the world.   Many of these people call themselves “Threadheads” as originally,  some of us met each other on the chatboard “threads” of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival website.   In fact, the story of Threadheads is told on several sites devoted to our projects, events and activities.

The most important of those sites is for the Threadhead Cultural Foundation.  It is through the foundation that all the efforts of our volunteers, our contributors, our sponsors and everyone who buys a ticket on this site are truly put to work.

This is a fundraiser site, created by people who were doing crowdsourcing before that term became popular.   To date, the Foundation has given grants to fifty-eight artists in seven rounds of Grant funding and was also was itself the recipient of a grant to help produce the musical adaptation of Dan Baum’s book ‘Nine Lives’, a project by Paul Sanchez and Coleman DeKay.   There have been many other projects from other Threadhead-created offshoots along the way. 

A total of over $286,000 has been formally rewarded in our history through grants, donations and special programs.   That is why it works, the backbone is a grassroots effort among an online community with tangible accomplishments benefiting the artists and culture which first brought us all together.   Then each round of accomplishments inspires another round of volunteer, grassroots efforts at all levels.  Anyone is welcome to join us,  and you can do that just by purchasing tickets here.   At anytime, including after this year’s drawing is completed and all our wonderful prizes have been distributed,  you can still help the work of our foundation by contributing tax-free donations at this link  (look for the “Donate” button). 

If you have questions on items please email us at admin@threadheadraffle.com or just stop by our facebook page and ask your questions there.   And to learn more about threadheads from threadheads themselves, there are several other facebook groups and sites that we can recommend as well as the forums which served informally as our “town green” and meeting place where so many of our projects first began.

And the Winners Are…

Here are the Winners for the
2015 Threadhead Cultural Foundation Raffle
(for more information on the Raffle – See this link)

Item # Description Winner “Won”
1 1-hour private dance lesson with groovy1967 Patrick Stoops *
2 Custom Fine Art Printing Marcia Zach *
2 Custom Fine Art Printing Randall Jones **
3 2011 Threadhead Patry Poster, signed & framed Susan Barton *
4 $50 Gift Card for Atchafalaya Nicole M Snyder *
5 $50 Gift Card for Mr. B’s Bistro Denise M Ekdahol *
6 Guitar String Necklace made with Tab Benoit guitar strings John Green *
7 Hand Stamped Kitchen Towels Marilyn Jarrell *
8 2006 Jazz Fest Congo Square Poster William K. *
9 1984 Jazz Fest Poster Marc G Engel *
10 Snafu/Radiators 2004 Poster Mary P Richter *
11 Mardi Gras Indians Book Set Terry Ballard *
12 Ceramic tiles/coasters of Threadhead Annual T-shirts Monica Heil *
13 Ceramic tiles/coasters of Threadhead Patry Posters Nancy Birnbaum *
14 Leather Wrap Bracelet Pamela White *
15 “Cracking the Cosimo Code” (2 CD set) Paul Goodall *
16 James Booker, “Gonzo” Linda Rasins *
17 Jamie Hayes print, “Jazz Dogs” Marc G Engel *
18 2014 Postal Cover Tanya Younger *
19 2012 Postal Cover Tanya Younger *
20 2007 Postal Cover Tanya Younger *
21 Jimmy Carpenter CD Nancy Birnbaum *
22 The Who: “Tommy” Box Set Brion Valashinas *
23 Woody Guthrie Box Set Brion Valashinas *
24 Nirvana Limited Edition Box set Pamela Fizer *
25 Velvet Underground Box Set Chris Richardson *
26 Gift Pack – New Orleans Guides Heather McCamey *
27 Nevilles Forever tickets Chris Joseph *
28 Paulin Brothers @ The Lost Love Lounge Douglas J  Stevenson *
29 Children’s Book Trio Jacki Moore *
30 Pair of Camping Tickets to Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Fest Fred W Reisser *
31 Diane Millsap print – Big Easy Night Amy Smith *
32 Chartreuse Queenie Marc G Engel *
33 New Orleans Stories – Great Writers on the City Book Michael Lepek *
34 Cajun Primitive Note Cards Paul Goodall *
35 Vicksburg Blues Autographed CD Marc G Engel *
36 Tarot Card Reading Jodie Tanino *
37 Black Second Line Umbrella Barbara Nassberg *
38 2015 Patry Posters James Smith *
38 2015 Patry Posters Paul Sauter *
39 Post Mardi Gras Magnolia by Terrance Osborne Vachelle Manly *
40 “Blow Your Own” Pumpkin Mark Rabago *
41 Compass Rose Earrings Paul Castonguay *
42 Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler Bracelet Curtis Lynch *
43 Revisiting New Orleans String Bands (1880-1949) by Seva Venet Jaye Brodsky *
43 Revisiting New Orleans String Bands (1880-1949) by Seva Venet Mary P Richter **
43 Revisiting New Orleans String Bands (1880-1949) by Seva Venet Terry Barnett **
44 Pair of Tickets to Dead Feat @ Howlin’ Wolf, 4/25 or 4/26 (your choice of night) Linda Kibak *
45 One pair of tickets to WWOZ’s Piano Night Murray Swim *
47 Rare CD Single by The New Orleans Social Club Russ Agdern *
48 Dead Feat 2-Day Pass Elisabeth Williford *
49 New Orleans Kids Pack of books Anna Clayton Bullock *
50 Rock ‘n’ Bowl Bowling Pin signed by Anders Osborne Tanya Younger *
51 Autographed CD, “Blessed” Kiki Clark *
52 Autographed CD, “Live at the Fillmore” Wynn Kapit *
53 Autographed CD, “The List” Kiki Clark *
54 Autographed book,”Composed” by Rosanne Cash David Rhinehart *
55 Vintage Adlers Plate with Cup and Saucer Debra Dampier *
56 Mardi Gras Indians by Michael P. Smith Rhonda Blasingame *
57 12″ x 16″ Custom Pet Portrait Oil Painting Jacki Moore *
58 $100 Jacques Imo’s Gift Certificate Sara Davis *
59 Rosetree Shoulder Vase Gail Leist *
60 Maison Shirt and Koozie Chuck Smith *
60 Maison Shirt and Koozie Deborah Thompson *
61 “Blow Your Own Ball” Rhonda Blasingame *
62 2002 Jazz Fest poster featuring Wynton Marsalis Denise Sullivan *
64 Justin Beaver Swag Bag Mary P Richter *
65 Cricket World Cup 2015 Jacket/Hat Theodore Kuczarsk *
66 Australian Open 2015 Towel Set Jean Bessette *
67 London Olympics Relay Baton Theodore Kuczarsk *
68 Rolling Stones VIP Pack Mary P Richter *
69 Pair of Tickets to Trombone Shorty at the Saenger Mitchell Schepps *
69 Pair of Tickets to Trombone Shorty at the Saenger Paul Castonguay *
70 Rubboard Daniel Griffin *
71 Mardi Gras Pumpkin Carol R Hunter *
72 Decorative Pillow Set of 4 Heather McCamey *
73 “Please Be With Me” by Galadrielle Allman Monica Heil *
74 CD Collection James R. Mensch Jr. *
75 Little Eazy Guest House 3 night stay Kim Welsh *
76 One Year Offbeat Subscription Chuck Smith *
76 One Year Offbeat Subscription Ellen Halloran *
76 One Year Offbeat Subscription Pauline Bruno *
77 Bones in Motion: A Tribute to Bonerama Sherri Watts *
78 Bayou Maharajah Movie Poster Jeremy L Nusloch *
79 Bayou Maharajah Tote Bag Marilyn Jarrell *
80 Sean Payton “Threadhead” Signed Saints Football Sherri Watts *
81 John Butler CD Charlie Vanderhoof *
81 John Butler CD Sara Davis *
82 John Butler Signed Drum Skin Tanya Younger *
83 Pair of tickets to New Orleans Helsinki Connection Gail Leist **
84 Sonicare Toothbrush Bryan Richardson *
85 Signed Psycho Sisters CD Mary P Richter *
86 Signed Write Brothers CD Susanne Yurasits *
87 2015 Jazz Fest Poster James Smith *
88 KREWE du Optic Sunglasses Denise Sullivan *
89 Paul McCartney Tagged Charm Necklace David Ciullo *
91 Suwannee Hulaween Scarf Bryan Richardson *
92 DelFest 2014 Batik Shirt Bryan Richardson *
93 Jazz Fest at Old Grandstand Print Jeanine Fleming *
94 Recycled Magazine Pot Murray Swim *
95 Johnny V Loves ‘dem Saints John Barber *
96 Cigar Sampler John Barber *
97 Fuente Sampler Daniel Griffin *
98 Preservation Hall Gift Bag Jean bessette *
99 Cafe Du Monde Bracelet Jodie Tanino *
100 $100 Gift Certificate to Backward Glances Susan DeRosa *
101 Gift Certificate to Rosetree Blown Glass Studios Barbara Nassberg *
101 Gift Certificate to Rosetree Blown Glass Studios Marcia Zach *
102 Pair of tickets to The Motet with Zigaboo’s Funk Revue Stephen G Nami *
103 Pair of tickets to Bayou Rendezvous Linda Medo *
104 Pair of tickets to The Revivalists Peter Waldron *
105 Pair of tickets to Megalomaniacs Ball 2015 Kurt Ackerman *
106 4 tickets plus Meet & Greet at any Rebirth Brass Band show Jaime Hubbard *
106 4 tickets plus Meet & Greet at any Rebirth Brass Band show Russ Agdern *
107 Pair of Patry Tickets Lisa Tabb *
108 Patry Grand Poobah Marc G Engel *
109 Asbury Park Experience Daniel Griffin *
110 Portrait of Marc Broussard Susanne Yurasits *
112 “Music is what feelings sound like” picture frame Cynthia Winfree *
113 Hi-Ho Lounge $25 Bar Tab Mark Rabago *
114 Studio Recording Party with The Parishioners Amy Potter *
115 Signed CD by The Parishioners Amy Potter *
116 $50 Amazon Gift Card Christy Edwards *
117 Suitcase of Soap Daniel Griffin *
117 Suitcase of Soap Marc G Engel *
118 Tipitina’s Jazz Fest Poster Jeanine Fleming *
119 NOLA Love Necklace Steven Walsh *
120 2015 Bonnaroo Festival Passes Mark Rosenbaum *
121 “Come to My House” CD Cindy Ciullo *
121 “Come to My House” CD Susan Hardin ***
122 Pair of tickets to Virginia Key Grassroots Festival Lisa Gallant *
124 Terrapin Crossroads Gift Pack Charlie Vanderhoof *
125 “Blow Your Own” Easter Egg Frank Williford *
126 Two Night Stay for 2 in Manhattan Heidi Heleniak *
126 Two Night Stay for 2 in Manhattan John Barber *
127 JBL Flip 2 Portable Wireless Stereo Speaker Sara Davis *
128 12 CD Set from Basin Street Records Anthony Bell *
129 Bayou Soap Co. Handmade Soaps Murray Swim *
130 Women’s 2006 Jazzfest Tank Top Kathleen Sarge *
131 Bonerama Live Dale W Finnesgaard *
132 Bonerama & Porter Batiste Stoltz Deborah Cole *
133 $100 Kajuns Gift Card James Smith *
134 Pair of Books:  “Eat Book” and “New Orleans” Margie Perez *
135 “The House on First Street: My New Orleans Story” and “New Orleans Day by Day” Barbara Tabor *
136 All Music Guide to Jazz Linda Rasins *
137 Bonerama “Get the Led Out” poster Deborah Thompson *
138 “The Gravy: In the Kitchen with New Orleans Musicians” by Elsa Hahne Michael Lepek *
139 “Blow Your Own” Flower Joe Hogan *
140 “Blow Your Own” Heart Paperweight Margie Perez *
141 Mr FnG’s Music Spindles Anthony Bell *
141 Mr FnG’s Music Spindles Marc G Engel *
141 Mr FnG’s Music Spindles Murray Swim ***
142 Dragon’s Den $25 Bar Tab Paul Castonguay *
143 Pick Your Piece from Rosetree Gallery Sabriena Blessey *
144 Fiya Fest Tickets Kiki Clark *
145 Bonerama Poster by Jamie Hayes Marc G Engel *
146 Edie McClurg autographed photo set Heidi Heleniak *
146 Edie McClurg autographed photo set Nicole M Snyder *
146 Edie McClurg autographed photo set Susan Hardin **
147 Red Jasper Bracelet James Smith *
148 White Second Line Umbrella Arian Finch *
149 Threadhead Sausage Pass – Second Weekend Denise M Ekdahol *
150 Threadhead Sausage Pass – First Weekend James Arlow *
151 Old New Orleans Rum Eric Barton *
152 Threadhead Pig Pass – First Weekend Jaye Brodsky *
153 Threadhead Pig Pass – Second Weekend Christine Dudzik *
154 2013 Jazz Fest Poster- Aaron Neville Jacki Moore *
155 2009 Jazz Fest Poster – Allen Toussaint Stephen G Nami *
156 $100 Zabar’s Gift Certificate Anastasia Brubaker *
156 $100 Zabar’s Gift Certificate Gerald Ortsman *
156 $100 Zabar’s Gift Certificate Jeanine Fleming *
157 Friends of the Cabildo French Quarter Walking Tour Amy Potter **
157 Friends of the Cabildo French Quarter Walking Tour Heather McCamey **
157 Friends of the Cabildo French Quarter Walking Tour Jaye Brodsky **
157 Friends of the Cabildo French Quarter Walking Tour Pamela Fizer **
157 Friends of the Cabildo French Quarter Walking Tour Russ Agdern **
158 2004 Jazz Fest poster featuring Harry Connick, Jr. John Barber *
159 Floor Cloth Debra Dampier *
160 Bayouwear Zydeco Dance Skirt Amy Potter *
161 Eagles Album Purse Denise Sullivan *
162 Poco Album Purse Gail Leist *
163 Meters Reunion Poster Vanessa Pikler *
164 Fleurdelious Pendant by Margie Perez Terry Colosi *
165 Green Agate Bracelet steven Walsh *
166 St. Kilda Saints Hooded Sweatshirt (XL) Amy Smith *
167 Michael Franti – East to the West cami shirt (L) Amy Smith *
168 My Morning Jacket t-shirt (XL) Susan Barton *
169 Michael Franti pair of shirts (Medium) Amy Smith *
170 Michael Franti pair of shirts (Large) Monica Heil *
171 The Black Keys T-shirt Deborah Thompson *
172 Government Mule tickets Alison Regalado *
173 “Do You Know What It Means” Denim Jacket Debra Dampier *
174 LMF Gift Card Anastasia Brubaker *
174 LMF Gift Card Russ Agdern *
175 Angel’s Envy Bourbon Curtis Lynch *
176 $50 Drago’s gift card Eric Barton *
177 Threadhead Jazz Fest Food Pass Mark Rabago *
178 Threadhead Crab Pass – Second Weekend Jaye Brodsky *
179 Threadhead Crab Pass – First Weekend Paul Cooper *
180 Two Nights at the Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa Jeremy L Nusloch *



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Ready for a Road Trip!?Testing? It’s Over.  The Sound Checks are Complete.  The Donations have been Signed, Sealed and Delivered.  Get Your Duds on.  Bring out your Bling Things.  Plus Your One and Only Funky Stuff.  Even The Walls are Stepping Lively.

We have kicked the tires in all the right places.  The 2015 Threadhead Cultural Foundation Raffle is Up And Running.   If you can’t wait to Get on the Road Again …well press  the graphic to the right.  A Tasty Pit Stop or Two is Always a Possibility.   On our journey together, the Muse is On the Loose. 

Or if Everything is Everything to You…Go right to the Big Board and start Punching Your Tickets to Fun and Glory.  And a good cause.