Book a date to win

by Town Reminder

Library holds calendar raffle
By Kristin Will
Staff Writer

SOUTH HADLEY – With 28 chances to win 28 various prizes all while assisting the South Hadley Public Library Building Project fund, who wouldn’t want to enter the group’s calendar raffle?
Throughout the remainder of January, residents can purchase raffle tickets for $10 each.
Starting Friday, Feb. 1, a name will be drawn each day from the pool to win the day’s prize. For instance, the prize for Feb. 1 is a gift certificate to Subway.
Drawn names are then put back into the pool for the opportunity to be picked once more.
Residents may purchase as many raffle tickets as they would like.
“It’s appealing to people,” said Cathy Allen of the raffle. As a member of the library building committee, Allen suggested the raffle idea to the group after learning of a friend’s success with one.
“It was a lot of fun to put the calendar together,” she said. “It kind of catches your eye.”
Local businesses, like Tower Theaters and Johnny’s Bar and Grille, offered passes and gift certificates. Some residents purchased items themselves to donate as prizes to the raffle.
“It’s local people going out and promoting local businesses,” said Allen.
The average prize is worth $25.
All of the funds raised will be put toward the fundraising effort for the new South Hadley Public Library.
Nearly $1,000 worth of raffle tickets had been sold by Wednesday afternoon. And the library project is slightly more than halfway to its goal of raising approximately one million dollars.
“People are just very generous and very supportive,” said Allen. “As a member of the building committee, I thank everyone for their support.”
To purchase tickets to enter the raffle, stop by the South Hadley Public Library. Cash and checks are accepted.
Checks should be made payable to the South Hadley Public Library Building Fund.
Throughout each day in February, a raffle winner will be drawn. Winners will be contacted directly by a member of the building committee.
“It does support a lot of local business,” said Allen. “It’s a great town that we live in.”
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(Calendar image courtesy of SHPL)