The Buffalo Sabres today announced that, as a result of a new state law that was spearheaded by two local state legislators, the Buffalo Sabres Foundation 50/50 Raffle is now able to accept credit cards for ticket purchases.
Fans can use a credit or debit card to purchase tickets starting tomorrow, Saturday, March 10, when the Sabres play the Vegas Golden Knights. Credit cards will be accepted for Sabres and Bandits home games at the 50/50 kiosks located on the 100 and 200 levels, as well as the suite level.
The Sabres were one of the lead advocates for change in the state's gaming laws, which ultimately resulted in the passage of the Charitable Gaming Act of 2017.
The new measure, which was sponsored by Senator Pat Gallivan and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, allows non-profit organizations in New York State the ability to accept credit cards for the purchase of raffle tickets. It was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo last December.
"The Charitable Gaming Act of 2017 will not only allow us to raise more dollars for Western New York charities, but it also addresses a customer service issue, as our growing number of fans who rely on electronic forms of payment will now be able to participate in our 50/50 raffle," said Rich Jureller, President of the Buffalo Sabres Foundation. "We are truly grateful for the efforts of Pat and Robin in getting this initiative enacted. We are very optimistic that the new law will allow us better serve the charities we support."
The Sabres Foundation also anticipates expanding the 50/50 Raffle program to include online sales that would allow fans in Western New York to participate in the raffle without being at the game, a provision that was also approved as part of the new legislation. In addition, the foundation plans to introduce online raffles of team experiences, memorabilia and equipment next season.
"Charitable organizations like the Buffalo Sabres Foundation provide critical proceeds for programs and services throughout the community." said bill sponsor Senator Patrick M. Gallivan. "Many people are anxious to support these groups through the purchase of raffle tickets, but they want to be able to pay with a credit or debit card. The new law not only expands the payment options to keep up with technology, it allows these organizations to more efficiently raise funds that benefit residents."
"People predominately pay with debit and credit cards, and this change in the law we've enacted will allow them to do that," said Schimminger. "Additionally, many people use their phones to purchase tickets and items or services of various kinds. Changing to a digital friendly format will facilitate a much smoother and easier way for the Sabres Foundation and other charitable organizations to raise funds for the important causes they support."
Buffalo Sabres Foundation Mission Statement
To identify and support local organizations which share our core objectives: serving children and military personnel, caring for the sick, assisting physically and mentally challenged athletes, and supporting youth hockey initiatives. By utilizing financial resources and community influence, the Buffalo Sabres Foundation assists these organizations and their beneficiaries in realizing their highest potential and succeeding in their endeavors.