16th annual chamber raffle winter edition to keep Mason's big tree lit

16th annual chamber raffle winter edition to keep Mason's big tree lit
Posted at 5:38 PM, Nov 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-17 17:38:51-05

For the sixteenth year in a row, the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual community raffle.   This year, the raffle had a summer edition and now it has a winter edition.  The winter raffle drawing will take place on Thursday, December 7, 2017.  Free admission to the drawing event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the drawing will be done after 7:00 p.m. at the Ingham County Fairgrounds Community Building, 700 E. Ash Street in Mason. 

Three prize packages worth over $1,900 in total will go to the lucky holders of the winning tickets in the winter edition of the annual MACC raffle (ML#R42820), presented by Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling. The cost of each ticket is $5.  A maximum of 4000 tickets will be sold, and all tickets sold will have an equal chance of winning the first prize package.  You need not be present to win.  Net proceeds of the raffle will benefit the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Hometown U.S.A.” fund for community events, identity, and improvement programs. This year, the funds are again dedicated to help keep the “big tree” lit in front of the Ingham County Courthouse through the holiday season beginning on the day after Thanksgiving.

See the December 7th events on for raffle details and a full list of  raffle sponsors. The first prize package “Winter Blowin’” includes a Simplicity snow blower from Darrell’s Market & Hardware, shovels and salt spreader from Mark Voss Agency, and more -- valued over $1000.  The second   prize package “Winter Snowin’” includes a toboggan from Mason Ace Hardware, a $500 gift card to Boyne Mountain from Mason area service and fraternal organizations, Ingham County park passes, and more -- valued over $600.  Lastly, the third prize package “Winter Glowin’” includes a space heater and popcorn maker from Paul Davis Restoration, and much more -- valued over $300.       

Tickets are available from Chamber volunteers throughout the Mason community. MACC raffle tickets are also available, while they last, at the Chamber office, which is at 148 E. Ash Street in downtown Mason, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays.  “Everyone in the community can afford to participate in this important fundraising effort,” says MACC vice president Don Kill of the Mason Optimist Club and chair of the MACC Winter Raffle Committee.

Don Kill encourages Mason area community members, ages 18 and older, to purchase at least one ticket.  “Doing so is a sign of support for your local community, and your commitment to continuing well-loved events such as the Mason Holidays Lighted Parade, the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, and many more. Sponsors for this raffle also include the Kiwanis Club of Mason, Mason Lions Club, Mason Optimist Club, Knights of Columbus, Mason Rotary Club, Star Associates, and Ingham County Parks.” 

“If visiting a local business and you see a sign for the MACC Raffle, seek out the person listed who is selling tickets and ask to purchase from them,” he adds.  All ticket holders, ticket sellers, and drawing guests must be at least 18 years old.  Only employees of the MACC are ineligible to buy raffle tickets.

“With such a low raffle ticket price, contributors can buy more tickets and increase their odds of winning this raffle.  Each small contribution can mean both a ticket buyer and our entire community have a chance to win big,” says MACC executive director Doug Klein. This annual raffle is normally the only time that the Mason Area Chamber actively solicits individuals for contributions.  Usually, the Chamber’s projects are supported by businesses and organizations in the community through dues and sponsorships. 

While the drawing won’t be until after 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Ingham County Fairgrounds Community Building, the doors will already be open starting at 5:00 p.m. for the MACC Holiday Party December Mixer, presented by MSU Federal Credit Union and sponsored by Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center and Mason A&W Restaurant.  Admission to the Holiday Party Mixer is available at $7 for members and $10 for non-members, featuring a “Taste of Mason” buffet dinner sponsored by Mason area restaurants and caterers, cash bar, silent auction and live auction.  Dinner will not be provided for the raffle drawing.  The raffle ticket provides the holder with free entry into the drawing event only after 6:30 p.m.