Lions’ grand raffle, dinner is Nov. 6

Last year's grand raffle winners celebrate as they hear of their good fortune. Photo by Don Audette.

A $5,000 grand raffle sponsored by the Rappahannock Lions Club will be held at the Link in Sperryville at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, with a silent auction as an added inducement.

The event will feature other raffles with dinners at The Blue Rock and The Inn at Little Washington as prizes. There will also be a 50/50 drawing.

Money raised from the event is distributed to worthy causes within Rappahannock. The sight & hearing van for local schoolchildren, glasses and hearing aids, scholarships, The Bland Music Contest for Students (James Bland wrote “Carry Me Back To Old Virginny”), the food pantry, senior care, Benevolent Fund, Girl & Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity and others have received Lions funds.

The Lions also built the dugouts for the high school baseball team, horseshoe pits at the county park and are responsible for the backstop for the Ladybug’s softball field in Amissville.

Only 150 grand raffle tickets are sold, with 10 potential winners drawn and brought on stage. The 10 are asked if they want to split the $5,000 prize or “Go for it!” If one or more contestants declare “Go for it,” one of the 10 numbers is drawn and a contestant is eliminated. This continues until the remaining contestants agree to split or there is a grand winner. The spirited crowd is often a factor.

A catered dinner of steamship round steak and baked salmon will be offered by Country Cafe Catering, and the open bar includes fine spirits, wine, beer and general mixers. There will be dancing after the raffle.

Individual sponsorships are sought for the event. Sponsor levels are $500 Lion Roar, $250 Lion Gold, $150 Lion Purple and $50 Lion Purr. Sponsors receive credit at the event and in the program.

To be a sponsor or to purchase remaining raffle or dinner/admittance tickets, which are going fast, call event coordinators Kaye and Rick Kohler at 675-1373.

Grand raffle tickets are $100 each. Dinner and admittance to festivities is $50 per person. No tickets are sold at the door.