LANSING, Mich. — For the eighteenth year in a row, the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual community raffle. This year, the raffle will have a summer and a winter edition. The summer raffle drawing will take place on the west side of the Ingham County Courthouse, 341 S. Jefferson in downtown Mason on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. A first prize valued at well over $1,000 will go to the lucky holder of the winning ticket in the annual MACC raffle (ML#R52611), presented by LAFCU - “Your Credit Union for Life.”
There will be a Thursday Night Live Courthouse Concert in the same location starting at 6:00 p.m. featuring The Backwoods Band, that is presented by Independent Bank and sponsored by Dart Bank. The cost of each ticket is $5. Only 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. Purchases end at 6:00 p.m. on August 8. 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.
The first prize package “Summer Smokin’” includes a top-of-the-line electric smoker from Ace Hardware, meat certificates, cooler, accessories and more -- valued at over $1000. The second prize package “Summer Paddlin’” includes a paddleboard, paddle, Total Firearms’ contribution of a life jacket, and more -- valued at over $600. Lastly, the third prize package “Summer Glidin’” includes a teakwood patio glider, cushions, cover, and more -- valued at over $300.
LAFCU is the presenting sponsor. Signature sponsors are Dart Container Corporation and Ace Hardware. The event sponsor is Star Associates. Participating sponsors are the Darrell’s Market, Merindorf Meats, CP Federal Credit Union, Ingham County Parks, Mason A&W, Total Firearms, Mason Rotary Club, and other MACC members.
Tickets are available from Chamber volunteers throughout the Mason community. MACC past president Don Kill of the Mason Optimist Club says that “several Chamber volunteers plan to be at community events again this year to give residents a more convenient opportunity to support the effort.” 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 president Mike Waltz of the Kiwanis Club of Mason and chair of the MACC Summer Raffle Committee. “With such a low raffle ticket price, contributors can buy more tickets and increase their odds of winning this year’s 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.
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 Thursday Night Live concerts, Spring Fling, Down Home Days, the Holidays Lighted Parade, and many more.”
All ticket holders are entered into the first prize raffle drawing. Then drawings of remaining tickets are drawn for the second and third prizes. 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.
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