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T R I C K Y   T R A Y 

15th Annual SHSMBA Tricky Tray

May 20, 2023

The 15th Annual Tricky Tray Raffle  will be returning to the regular “in-person” event in the gym/cafeteria at the High School! 

Admission to the event will begin at 5pm and the first winning ticket will be called at 7pm. 

CAN YOU HELP?  Volunteers who are 18+ years old and sign-up using the link below to volunteer for 2+ hours the day of the event will qualify to attend for FREE! MUST SIGN UP BELOW! 

Sign-up to volunteer using this link!



All proceeds go to support the Music Programs at Somerville High School.


Questions? Email

Ticket Prize Levels Values


  • Green (up to $49)

  • Blue ($50-$99)

  • Pink ($100-$399)

  • Grand ($400-$599)

  • Super Grand ($800 value)

What is a Tricky Tray? 

As per Wikipedia: A tricky tray auction is a combination of a raffle and an auction that is typically featured at charity, church festival and numerous other events. Can also be known as penny social, tricky tray or pick-a-prize according to local custom.


The difference between a raffle and a tricky tray is that in a raffle with multiple prizes, there is one "hat" from which names are drawn, but in a tricky tray, each prize (or basket) has its own "hat". This allows ticket buyers to choose which prize to focus on, as opposed to having a first, second, third, etc. prize. 


Our Tricky Tray is one of our biggest fund raisers. In prior years, we have bought new uniforms for the marching band, new risers for the Choirs to use, new drums for the drum line, a new sousaphone for the marching band, and flags for the color guard. This year we are focusing on enhancing all areas of our music program, not dedicating the tricky tray proceeds to just one project.

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