Students tap 'Bieber Fever' for fundraiser

Concert-ticket raffle will benefit Special Olympics

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – March 22, 2013) California Lutheran University students are raffling off VIP tickets for a Justin Bieber concert to raise money for Special Olympics Ventura County.

Two winners will be randomly selected and each will receive a pair of VIP box seat tickets for Bieber’s June 24 concert at the Staples Center. Raffle tickets are $10.

The Thousand Oaks-based Krishak Foundation, which was started by 15-year-old La Reina High School student Divya Manthena, donated the tickets to Special Olympics Ventura County. Students in Jean Kelso Sandlin’s Advanced Public Relations class met with Manthena and are promoting the raffle as part of a service-learning project this semester.

Raffle entry forms are available on the Special Olympics website at Tickets can also be purchased at various “Bieber Storm” sites at Ventura County businesses. All entries must be received or postmarked by May 15.

The next “Bieber Storm” event is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30, in the Kids Fun Zone at the Janss Marketplace at 275 N. Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. Additional events will be announced via social media platforms including Twitter and Instagram at @SO_BieberVIP, and on the group’s Facebook page, Raffle for Justin Bieber Tickets.

With a goal to raise $20,000, the class plans to sell 2,000 tickets through their hyper-local social media campaign.

Special Olympics provides physical fitness and athletic competitions, social interaction, community involvement and empowerment to people with intellectual disabilities. Within Ventura County, the organization offers 600 athletes training and competition opportunities in 10 year-round sports at more than 20 training sites.

For additional information, contact Jan Radnoti, regional sports manager for Special Olympics Ventura County, at 805-650-7717.