Western North Carolina has wrapped its arms around Madison Cawthorn and his family the past four months.
The latest sizable gesture is from a state champion swimmer.
Recent Asheville High graduate Luke Lechner has organized a raffle to benefit the Cawthorns with prizes from local businesses.
Tickets are $20 apiece and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the family. The drawing will be July 25.
Lechner said the “Asheville Staycation” raffle is serving as his senior exit project at Asheville and is a collaborative effort with his friend, Cole Maita.
More information on the raffle:
Drawing on July 25th @ 12:00 p.m
$20 a ticket
Raffle Prize: Asheville Staycation!*
This raffle is not limited to those only whom reside in North Carolina. Asheville is a desired location to visit on a global scale, and the grand prize would give the winner an opportunity to explore everything Asheville has to offer.
Two Treetops Adventure Park Tickets (Value: $100)
Two Asheville Community Theatre Tickets and Concession (Value: $50)
Two VIP Hop On/Hop Off Historic Trolley Passes (Value: $46)
Weekend Staycation at Lutz’s cottage (Value: $300)
Two Massages One Hour each (Value: $120)
Two Yoga Classes (Value: $20)
Rise ‘n Shine Café (Value: $25)
Doc Cheys (Value: $20)
Roman’s Café (Value: $50)
Ultimate Ice Cream (Value: $20)
Old Europe Café: (Value: $40
For information concerning purchasing tickets, please contact Luke Lechner (828-777-7818) or Cole Maita (828-606-1610)
*NOTE: The winner of the drawing will receive all of the above, and there will be no secondary winner.
For customers wanting to use paypal, send money to: Luke.email@example.com
Cawthorn was seriously injured in an automobile accident on April 3 in Daytona Beach, Fla., and the Henderson County teen continues to recover in the Atlanta area.
Cawthorn was formerly an Asheville Saints football player and Asheville Trailblazers basketball player who was vacationing when he was involved in the wreck. Since the accident, Cawthorn has undergone multiple surgeries to repair his injuries, including a broken vertebrae, pelvis and ankles, as well as a damaged spine.
Cawthorn was nominated to attend the U.S. Naval Academy by congressman Mark Meadows in December. He graduated in May and participated in a home-schooled commencement at Biltmore Baptist Church through the Skype application.
Lechner is a University of North Carolina recruit and two-time Citizen-Times All-WNC Swimmer of the Year.
He logged the area’s fastest reported times in six individual events last season — the 100-yard freestyle (49.64 seconds), 200-yard freestyle (1:46.80), 500-yard freestyle (4:34.79), 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.03), 100-yard butterfly (52.65) and 200-yard individual medley (1:52.51).
Lechner won the 200-yard individual medley at his final NCHSAA 3-A meet.