Little Brothers redoubling raffle recruitment

HANCOCK – The Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly Friendship Raffle is an important fundraiser for the organization. The goal of selling 1,500 by June 23 may not be met unless there’s a surge in sales, according to Mark Cinelli.

Cinelli, who is LBFE business manager and fundraiser, said sales for the $50 raffle tickets haven’t yet met expectations.

“We’re about a third of the way,” he said. “I was hoping to be a little further along.”

If all 1,500 tickets are sold, Cinelli said the top prize will be $30,000, second prize is $5,000, third prize is $1,500 and fourth prize is $1,000. The LBFE would get $37,500 if all 1,500 tickets are sold. If not all tickets are sold, the split will still be 50/50, but the prize amounts will depend on how many tickets are sold.

Cinelli said this is the second year for the raffle, the proceeds from which will be used to help fund the LBFE expansion into Baraga and Ontonagon counties. Last year, about 1,200 tickets were sold.

“It was pretty well received last year,” he said.

The raffle has an added effect of bringing new donors to LBFE, Cinelli said, and last year 500 new donors helped out the organization.

“We were really pleased with that,” he said.

The drawing for the raffle prizes will be at 11:45 a.m. in the Michigan Technological University Student Development Complex during the large tori, or market, which will be part of FinnFest USA 2013, Cinelli said. The winners need not be present to receive their prizes.

Cinelli said tickets for the raffle can be purchased at the LBFE office at 527 Hancock St.; Superior National Bank branches in Calumet, Hancock and Mohawk; South Range Bank in Calumet; and River Valley bank in Calumet and Houghton.