Surreal is a fundraising platform for festivals that connects artists and event planners to their audience through unforgettable experiences while raising money for charity. The proceeds generated go to the charity of the artist or event planners choice. To participate, anyone can donate as little as $5 for a chance to win an experience at a festival. Surreal provides an engaging way to create positive exposure, raise awareness, and make a difference in the world.
Last year, Surreal began partnering with Insomniac. However, this year, the festival producers have created nine experiences for winners that will take place at EDC Las Vegas and during EDC Week the days before. Previously, the initiative ran successful campaigns with Phoenix Lights Festival and the Goldrush Festival. In the future, the organization also partnered with festivals including Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Shaky Beats, and Firefly.
EDC Las Vegas Partnership
Surreal began partnering with EDC Las Vegas in 2017. Last year, it turned out that the fan experiences were a massive hit with the winners. Additionally, Surreal raised over $162,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada.
Last year’s packages included a ride on the Stratosphere Tower’s SkyJump attraction with Ghastly, a private round of Topgolf with Jauz at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, golf cart rides with Major Lazer backstage, and Ferris Wheel rides with Marshmello.
When somebody donates the Surreal website, the donor automatically receives an entry towards one of the experience prizes at EDC Las Vegas. This year, the potential rewards include a helicopter ride down the Las Vegas Strip with Kaskade, a table and meet and greet with Marshmello during his EDC Week show at XS, and a helicopter ride into EDC with Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella.
In addition to the artist experiences, each winner will receive two VIP weekend passes to EDC, round-trip airfare, artist parking, and Desert Rose Premium camping packages for three nights. The grand prize has an estimated retail value of $2,350.
New this year, fans can bid on nine customized packages. A single bid donation starts at $5, and more significant contributions yield a larger number of entries into each experience. However, entries are capped at 25 per individual.
Las Vegas Academy of the Arts
This year, proceeds from the campaign will benefit The Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. The Las Vegas Academy of the Arts is a nationally recognized magnet high school. Approximately 1,700 students attend. The school provides students opportunities to pursue studies in dance, music, theater, or visual arts. Through the arts, the LVA also promotes motivating, empowering, and challenging each student to be academic, artistic, and compassionate.
Currently, the Clark County School District has a budget deficit. As a result, schools have felt the frustration of losing funding for necessities, including teacher and guidance counselor salaries. LVA is no stranger to the dilemma of managing a school without the needed resources. They also received a budget cut of $500,000 for the 2018–2019 school year.
Give Surreal hosts multiple sweepstakes with charitable organizations seeking to raise money. No donation is necessary and there is an alternative method of entry through the mail. Each Sweepstakes is separate, and the details for the entry dates and prizes for each sweepstake, the beneficiary as well as other information will be available on the applicable Experience Page.
How to Enter
There are three ways to enter the Sweepstakes:
- Automatic Entry with Donation: Visit the Experience Page for any particular sweepstakes and follow the instructions to donate. By donating $5, a person receives one entry. However, larger donations receive more entries. For instance, a donation of $20, yields 5 entries and a contribution of $50 or more yields 25 entries. However, no person can receive more than 25 entries, regardless of the amount they choose to donate.
- Entry by Mail: It is also possible to enter any sweepstakes without donating. To do so, visit the Experience Page and then follow the instructions to locate and print the free entry form. Next, complete the entry form and mail it to the following address: Give Surreal, Inc, PO BOX 64400, Los Angeles CA, 90064-0400. Afterward, print the name of the sweepstakes you are entering on the back of the envelope.
- Referral Program: There are plans for a referral program in the future for some opportunities. This will create opportunities to obtain additional entries by sharing a unique link to receive extra entries into the Sweepstakes.
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