Santa Cruz County's Largest School Fundraiser Gets Underway

2017 Drive for Schools Starts September 13

SANTA CRUZ, CA (September 13, 2017) –  Drive for Schools, Santa Cruz County's largest school fundraiser, kicks off its 13th year on Wednesday, September 13.  Volunteers from more than 80 schools in Santa Cruz County will coordinate ticket sales for their schools, giving the community an opportunity to win a new car, cash prizes, merchandise, and gift certificates from local businesses.

Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Capitola Auto Mall Dealer Group, this year’s Drive for Schools Grand Prize winner will choose either a new car (Toyota Prius or Subaru Outback) or $25,000 in cash. Ten $1,000 cash prizes and dozens of other valuable prizes will be donated by local businesses. 

The public can purchase tickets from school volunteers September 13 through October 22 for their chance to win a new car, cash, and other valuable prizes. Tickets are $5 each or $25 for 6. Drive for Schools tickets include a coupon to park at the Boardwalk on October 29 for the prize drawing at 1pm. Winners need not be present to win.

Drive for Schools has raised $4.7 million dollars for local schools since 2005. Last year alone, 84 local schools raised more than $646,000. Schools use their Drive for Schools income for art, music, and sports programs as well as field trips, science camp, and classroom supplies.

Each school keeps all the money they raise selling tickets with no overhead costs. School volunteers receive everything they need at the kick-off meeting on September 13 including tickets, posters, prizes and support, making the fundraiser exceptionally easy for schools to administer.

Drive for Schools is the largest school fundraiser in Santa Cruz County. The Capitola Auto Mall Dealer Group and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk share the cost of the new car and other cash prizes and donate employee time to organize the fundraiser. Dozens of local businesses also donate prizes for the event. Hundreds of school volunteers coordinate their school's ticket sales. 
Tickets and posters are printed by Mission Printers in Santa Cruz.

Visit for a list of participating schools, prizes, rules and ticket information.