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United Appeal hosting raffle

Throughout the month of March, United Appeal for Athens County will host the “Spring Fling Raffle.” Twice a day, every day, they will raffle off some amazing prices.

The local charity dedicated to helping the residents of Athens County meet their basic needs is hoping to thank their donors in a fun and exciting way.

Tickets have already begun selling for $25 each, and there are roughly 200 tickets left to be sold before the Feb. 22 deadline. To order tickets, contact United Appeal directly at (740) 429-1293. Tickets can also be purchased through John Dillon at (740) 707-4026, or Mark Sutton at suttonm@ohio.edu.

Each day throughout the month of March, there will be two chances to win prizes. The prizes for this year’s raffle include everything from electronics to gift cards. The lucky winners will have the chance to receive electronics such as Blue Ray players, home theaters, digital cameras, tablets and plasma televisions. $100 gift cards to local businesses such as Abrio’s, Kroger and Cornwell Jewelers will also be awarded.

“We appreciate the support of all our local business leaders, some of whom have donated raffle prizes and many more that sponsor worksite giving campaigns and make substantial annual gifts to United Appeal,” said Executive Director of United Appeal Pam Harvey.

All the proceeds from the ticket sales will be put to good use throughout the community. Gifts and donations to United Appeal are used to provide housing needs, emergency food supplies, healthy nutrition for children and in-home health and hospice care for those in need. Funds will also go to Athens 2-1-1, a telephone and internet source for information on services involved in family support, substance abuse treatment, health care, food resources, housing and many other subjects.

“This is a unique opportunity for anyone to give to United Appeal to help meet our annual fundraising goal of $160,000,” said Harvey. “Local agencies and Athens County 2-1-1 count on annual United Appeal gifts to help people meet their basic needs.”