Fundraising “drive” has new meaning

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A historic local charity is raffling off a modern car. Lancaster-Fairfield County Charity Newsies annual auction and banquet every December is a major fundraiser, but this year’s event, on December 8, will have a greater air of suspense: The raffle winner has a choice of a 2023 Kia Soul from Coughlin of Lancaster or $15,000.00 in cash.

PURCHASE TICKETS: $20 each / 3 for $50 / 7 for $100

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THE DRAWING WILL BE HELD AT THE ANNUAL CHARITY NEWSIES BANQUET

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2022
 
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The holder of the winning raffle ticket must be 18 years old by the December 8 drawing, and Ohio law makes raffle winners responsible for taxes and fees on the prize.

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Charity Newsies, a nearly century-old civic institution, is starting its busy season of preparation for the giving season. It held its annual school clothing drive on July 30. And during the week of August 8, the Newsies will have their annual packing and delivery of school supplies for children in families in need of assistance.


These lead up to their 86th annual December “paper drive” and Christmastime giving. The Newsies already held a Ladies Golf Outing kickoff fundraiser on June 26. The Mens Golf Outing is September 4, also at Valley View Golf Club.


In addition to the Auction & Banquet fundraiser (and raffle drawing) on December 8, the signature “Paper Drive” Newsies fundraiser is on December 10. Those are followed by Food Box packing (December 23) and delivery (December 24).

 

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Echoing streetcorner newsboys who hawked newspapers in days of yore, the newsies’ most visible fundraiser is “selling” special Eagle-Gazette issues the second Saturday of every December and collecting money for Christmas Eve delivery of holiday food boxes.


The holiday deliveries aid 500 or more families in the county with food, while other events provide over 800 children with schools supplies and clothing in times of need. The money and donations come not just from those who buy papers from the Newsies, but also from local businesses that donate food, clothing and dollars – and cars – to the Newsies’ cause.