Want your chance to walk away from an Express game a little richer? Thanks to the passing of Proposition 5 in 2019, the Express, Nolan Ryan Foundation and Cook-Walden Funeral Homes & Cemeteries are joining forces to host a 50/50 Raffle every home game.
A 50/50 Raffle means that half of the net proceeds from 50/50 ticket sales each night will go to one lucky fan while the other half will go back to the Nolan Ryan Foundation. Fans will be able to purchase raffle tickets from the time the gates open until the end of the sixth inning. The winner will be announced in the seventh inning.
At the end of the season, the Nolan Ryan Foundation will make a donation to a variety of local nonprofit organizations in Central Texas through their recently-founded community grant program. Every night is a new chance to not only win, but help a great cause in the process.
Tickets can be purchased at the 50/50 Raffle kiosk on the concourse behind home plate or from one of the roaming vendors throughout Dell Diamond. All raffle ticket purchases must be made with cash or a debit card. Credit cards will not be accepted, per state law.
The Nolan Ryan Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in Alvin, Texas in 1990. The Nolan Ryan Foundation’s mission is to provide resources for youth, education and community development. The construction of the $1.2 million Nolan Ryan Center was the first project the Foundation completed and donated to Alvin Community College in the fall of 1996. The college uses this building for continuing education classes, special events and as a community center. For 20 years, the Foundation used a portion of the building for the Nolan Ryan Exhibit Center and funds generated from the exhibit contributed to local scholarships, baseball field renovations, skills camps and much more.
In November of 2016, the Nolan Ryan Foundation relocated to Round Rock, Texas and continues its diligent work to support the community. The first contribution made in Round Rock was $50,000 for a train pod at the Play for All Park. For more information on the project, click here.
The Nolan Ryan Foundation works year-round to raise funds for its scholarship program. Since the inception of the program in 1990, the Foundation has awarded over $200,000 in college scholarships. In 2016, the program was elevated by establishing a scholarship endowment fund that now awards scholarships up to $16,000 that are renewable for up to four years. Currently, the Foundation partners with the Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation to provide scholarships for deserving local students.
"Giving back and being involved in our community is something we take seriously. Our commitment to building enduring relationships and living out our vision of celebrating life through support of youth, the arts, veterans and our community is why we are honored to partner with the Nolan Ryan Foundation for the 50/50 raffle. We are proud to be part of this great event, which supports such worthy organizations chosen by the Nolan Ryan Foundation. This raffle is truly a community coming together every night for the support of many."
- Rodney Molitor, President, Cook-Walden Funeral Homes & Cemeteries