News of St. John is Holding a Raffle!

ardisia pool view

Ardisia is a brand new, five bedroom, luxury waterfront villa in Great Cruz Bay.

Earlier today, we introduced you to Ardisia, a brand new, five bedroom waterfront villa located in Great Cruz Bay. It’s a pretty incredible place, one I’m sure many of you would love to stay at. Well guess what? You can for as little as $25 because News of St. John is holding a raffle!

Quality health care is a big deal here on St. John, so we’ve decided to help our friends over at the Island Health and Wellness Center once again.

The Island Health and Wellness Center is a nonprofit primary care practice here on St. John. It provides a much-needed service for the island as the majority of our residents are uninsured. Most visits cost just $50; however the center will see anyone regardless of their ability to pay.

The center was instrumental following last fall’s hurricanes. Its offices were nearly destroyed, but that didn’t stop Sandy Colasacco, the center’s founder and executive director, from treating patients. Rather than seeing them in the traditional manner, she made house calls and treated patients wherever she could from the grocery store to the Westin. In addition to traditional health care services, the center is now offering mental health care several times a week, another much-needed service following last fall’s storms. The Island Health and Wellness Center is such an integral part of our community, and that’s why we’ve decided to support the center yet again.

Now let’s discuss the raffle!! Honestly, this may be our best one yet…

For just $25, you can enter to win a five night stay at Ardisia (the stay is good for up to six guests), roundtrip airfare for six people on JetBlue, a Best of the BVI boat charter with Palm Tree Charters and a trio beautiful St. John bracelets courtesy of Krall Designs. The winner will also receive a pretty swanky gift basket upon their arrival which will include items from several local businesses. (This raffle has a value of more than $11,000.)


J Hook, St. John Map and the Bad Sisters bracelets

Tickets are just $25. There will not be a limit on entries, as we are trying to raise as much money as possible for this worthy cause.


The raffle period ended on June 16, 2018 at 9 a.m. EST

All entrants will receive a confirmation email from PayPal after purchasing your ticket. Because of the expected high volume of entries, we cannot personally email each entrant. Your email from PayPal will serve as your confirmation of entry into the drawing.

How the drawing works: Once the entry period is over, we will personally write the names of each entrant on a raffle ticket. If you bought one ticket, we will write your name on one ticket. If you bought two tickets, we will write your name on two tickets. And so forth… All of the names will be placed into a secure bucket/basket. Once all of the names are written on tickets, we will draw the winner live on video. That video will be posted on

The raffle period will end on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 9 a.m. EST. The winner will be announced on on or about June 20, 2018.

Want to share this raffle on your Facebook page, or with your family and friends? If so, please direct them to

Now on to the fine print, the small print, the possible storm print, etc…

  • The five-night stay at Ardisia is good for low season dates only. These dates are now through December 15, 2018 (the week of Thanksgiving – November 17, 2018 through November, 24, 2018 is excluded) and also from April 16, 2019 through December 16, 2019 (Thanksgiving week 2019 is also excluded). This five-night stay is subject to availability. You will book directly with the villa at This stay is good for six people. Add-on guests are not allowed. Please visit for complete reservation policies. This stay is valued at $7,850. 
  • The six round trip tickets on JetBlue can be used between October 1, 2018 and October 1, 2019 only. All travel must be booked and flown during this time period. Blackout dates may apply. We will provide booking instructions to the winner.
  • The Best of the British Virgin Islands boat charter with Palm Tree Charters is good for up to six people and is subject to availability. You must book directly with the business. Gas, BVI customs and gratuity are not included. In the event of a tropical storm or hurricane, the owner of Palm Tree Charters reserves the right to cancel your boat charter. They will then work with you to rebook. If Palm Tree Charters is out of the water during your preferred travel time, Palm Tree Charters will work with you to rebook. If Palm Tree Charters is unable to fulfill this donated charter due to a loss from a tropical storm or hurricane, this portion of the raffle will be forfeited. 
  • You will receive the three bracelets courtesy of Coral Bay Jewelers upon your arrival on St. John. (We do not want to risk them getting lost in the mail.)
  • We strongly encourage the winner to purchase trip insurance. 

20 comments for “News of St. John is Holding a Raffle!

  1. Barbara Leo
    June 1, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    We would love to return to your beautiful island. We were just there in April 2018. We never even went to Coral Bay side :( I regret that so much. We have been to your island many times in the past and always leave with plans to return. My husband is in EMS & has been for over 30 yrs. We feel this is a wonderful Center that needs ALL the help they can possibly get. We support everything about it. We also give all are left over’s to the local fire station to disperse as they see fit. They are very grateful. More so since the hurricane.
    Thank you for this opportunity to return to the island that we love.
    Barb & Al Leo

  2. jennifer ferris
    June 1, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Is this a 501C3 charity? Please let me know.

    • News of St. John
      News of St. John
      June 1, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      Yes it is. But you are not entitled to a tax deduction when you enter a raffle.

    • Beverly
      June 1, 2018 at 4:40 pm

      Here is a link to the donations page for @Island Health and Wellness Thanks for your interest Jennifer.

  3. Mike
    June 1, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Best of luck with this, hope to meet up the next time we are on St John.

    Please tell Jimmy and Bridgett that Mike and Stacy say hi, good to see them a few weeks ago.

  4. Christie Fiscus
    June 1, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Awesome! Just bought some tickets! We are on island now – would love love love to come back soon!!

  5. June 1, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    If you would like to purchase any of the bracelets, they are sold at @Caravan Gallery, available on line or the store located in Mongoose Junction. Island Health and Wellness is a most worthy organization and last month Caravan Gallery made a donation of $270.00 from the sale of the “Bad Sisters” bracelet. Thanks for organizing this raffle @News of St. John!

  6. Ashley
    June 1, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Deadline is 9 am St. John Time?

    • News of St. John
      News of St. John
      June 1, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      Yes. I will add EST. Thank you for pointing this out!

  7. Trisha David
    June 1, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Would love to be able to revisit with my family. My Mom passed away on Maho Bay on August 23rd, 2009 while on vacation. A piece of my heart will always be there. ❤️

  8. stjohnjulie
    June 2, 2018 at 5:51 am

    Would love to hear updates on how much you’ve raised along the way! Good luck everyone!

    • News of St. John
      News of St. John
      June 2, 2018 at 7:27 am

      I don’t like to release the number until the end, but I can say that Sandy and I have been completely overwhelmed by the support over the past 24 hours. We are on track for this being our best raffle yet!! :)

  9. Scott Merrell
    June 2, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Unable to use PayPal. Will be on island in a week or so. Is there a location I can buy tickets ? Scott

    • News of St. John
      News of St. John
      June 3, 2018 at 8:51 am

      I’m sorry but we only sell tickets via PayPal. That way we can collect all of the money electronically and do not have to handle cash.

  10. stjohnjulie
    June 3, 2018 at 5:51 am

    That’s a great update! Island Health and Wellness is super important to the island and Sandy has done a phenomenal job at taking care of those in need.

  11. Karen at Oasis
    June 3, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Jenn! You are brilliant! This is a win! win! win! For everybody! The visitors, the island, the clinic, the community, the economy, the positive media attention, the everything about it! I wish you great success for a great cause and best of luck to the participants! Cheers, Island Love and Better Days Ahead! Karen

  12. Dina Trosko
    June 5, 2018 at 8:58 am

    I’m trying to figure out how to get to St Thomas with JetBlue but I don’t see that it even has flights into St Thomas

    • News of St. John
      News of St. John
      June 5, 2018 at 11:52 am

      JetBlue flies into St. Thomas daily via San Juan. So you will have to have a layover there.

  13. Laura Franks
    June 8, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    What an AWESOME trip! Bought tickets! Great job Jenn!

  14. Gina Krasny
    June 18, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    I forwarded this to everyone on my list! Good for you dumb for me! :) I want to win! Need a venue for a wedding! 😉

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