IPSF could give you an ultimate driving machine - but only if you buy a ticket by Friday

The second deadline is coming up for the Irvine Public Schools Foundation's 7th Annual Irvine Dream Stakes Home Raffle. Buy a ticket by this Friday and you’ll be eligible to win the latest early-bird prize – a new 3-Series BMW or, if you prefer, $20,000 cash. The winner is set to be announced on May 28. The first early-bird prize recipient was picked on April 30, and there are more potential rewards for purchasing a raffle ticket sooner than later, including a vacation package at six oceanfront Orange County resorts and a year of free rent at The Park at Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine. We probably don't need to remind you that the grand prize is a home valued at $700,000, or $500,000 cash. That announcement will come in August.

Raffle tickets are $150 each and can be purchased online at www.irvinedreamstakes.com or by phone at (949) 734-6873. Remember that proceeds will benefit schools in IUSD. In other Irvine Public Schools Foundation news: The foundation on May 19 will partner with Bacchus Secret Cellar for a “tweetup” event with special prizes to be raffled off. To RSVP, click here. Then on May 23, IPSF will host its “I-Jam for Teachers and Family Festival” at Irvine High School. This carnival-style fundraiser will showcase some of the nation’s hottest-up-and-coming musical acts, including All Star Weekend, School Gyrls, Evan Taubenfeld and Irvine’s own Motormouth and Pockitchange. Once again, all proceeds from the event – billed as the largest concert fundraiser in the history of Irvine’s public schools – will benefit the city’s teachers and schools. For more information on the Irvine Dream Stake Home Raffle or the I-Jam festival, please visit www.irvinedreamstakes.com.