Helping Others

Sacramento pastor raffles off prize car from Kings

The Sacramento pastor who won a new car by sinking a half-court shot at a Sacramento Kings game raffled off his prize Saturday afternoon to support community organizations.

Joseph Sissac, senior pastor at Center of Praise Ministries in Sacramento, said that after he won the 2016 Ford Focus at the April 5 NBA game he decided he wanted to support worthy causes rather than keep the car.

Over 1,500 raffle tickets ultimately were purchased, raising $15,000 to support two nonprofit efforts: Hoops to Hope and a summer math and literacy camp run by Center of Praise.

The Hoops to Hope campaign operates through a partnership between the Kings and the spiritually based E49 Corp. in Sacramento. E49 Corp. focuses on mentoring, housing and other social issues, according to its website.

Sissac said once funds are allocated, remaining money will go toward technology and equipment to help children at the math and literacy camp.

The woman who won the Ford Focus, Shari Ann Kreier of Oregon, told the crowd that she did not own a car and had decided to buy 13 tickets.

She and Sissac posed for pictures in front of the Focus. “I couldn’t write a better story. I wanted the car to go to someone who really needed it,” Sissac said.

Jessica Hice: 916-321-1136, @Jesserpea

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