SOUTHINGTON – The United Way of Southington has launched the first in a series of planned charity raffle fundraisers, with the first drawing scheduled for March 17.
Jack Eisenmann, executive director of United Way of Southington, said for the “Feelin’ Lucky” raffle, people will be able to purchase tickets at unitedwayofsouthington.org. The drawing will also he held virtually and will include six prizes donated by Worldwide Wine and Spirits.
Taylor Deegan, manager of Worldwide Wind & Spirits, said the store is glad to support the United Way of Southington and in turn support the Southington community.
“We appreciate our customers and believe it is our responsibility to give back,” he said. “Because all of the money raised from this raffle will be used to support those living in this wonderful town, this raffle is a great way to help those in need.”
Prizes, which are now on display at Worldwide Wine & Spirits at 480 Queen St., include a Sonos Move Speaker valued at $400, a OGIO Fireball Golfbag valued at $250, a Jack Daniels Whiskey Bottle Rack valued at $70, a SOLO Stove Bonfire Pit valued at $200, a Truly Hard Seltzer Pool Float valued at $40 and a Jameson Irish Whiskey Cornhole Set and Carrying Case valued at $130.
Eisenmann said this is United Way of Southington’s first major fundraiser of the year. Overall, he said, United Way of Southington has been able to keep its “head above water.”
“Our Board of Directors has been fantastic in stepping up to get the word out to the community,” he said. “We are still able to provide the same level of support to the nine agencies we serve after covid-19 hit because the community is so gracious in town.”
Eisenmann said United Way of Southington benefitted from a fundraising campaign last summer to assist agencies struggling during the pandemic. The organization also received grants from the Main Street Community Foundation as well as state loans and Paycheck Protection Plan loans.
“Also, even though our Annual Dinner was canceled last year, our sponsors came through anyway with donations,” he said.
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, they are planning to hold four more raffles as well as auctions between now and Aug. 30.
“This is just the beginning,” Eisenmann said. “There will be more auctions with opportunities to win all sorts of different prizes.”
The Southington United Way benefits the following local agencies: Bread for Life, Prundence Crandall Center, Literacy Volunteers, Margaret Griffin Preschool, The Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA, Senior Transportation Services, Inc., Southington Community Services, YMCA Sexual Assault Hotline and the Child Guidance Clinic.
Raffle tickets are $1 for 1 ticket, $5 for 6 tickets, $10 for 12 tickets and $20 for 25 tickets.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting unitedwayofsouthington.org, clicking donate and going to the “Feelin’ Lucky” raffle button. For more information, call 860-628-4565 or visit unitedwayofsouthington.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.