Participation in the raffle has been worldwide as donations have poured in from around the globe, having been received from more than 29 countries and all 50 states.
"Although we are proud of what we have accomplished so far, we have a unique opportunity to significantly surpass our original goals and we will continue our efforts to raise money to aid the Gulf Coast renewal effort," said Benson.
Benson first announced the raffle on June 10 and tickets have been, and will continue to be available for $2 each, Details of the drawing will be announced next week. Tickets are available online at www.saintsgulfcoastalrenewal.org.
In conjunction with the ring raffle, the NFL has announced that all proceeds generated from their “Back to Football 2010 Kickoff Charity Auction" will be dedicated to the Saints Gulf Coast Renewal Fund.
Among NFL cuts on Saturday were former LSU wide receiver Josh Reed (Chargers), quarterback Matt