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By Cynthia Haggitt
Seasonal craft bazaars are a great place to get your holiday shopping done. It is also a great time for local organizations to hold raffles to help raise money for specific items needed for that organization to continue to help out serving its community.
The JCHS Ambulance foundation association will be holding its annual Holiday Bazaar and Crazy Christmas Cash Reverse Raffle on Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You’ll find anything from door prizes, to crafts, to food, to basket raffles at a bazaar fair, and that’s just for starters.
“The Holiday Bazaar and Crazy Christmas Cash Reverse Raffle will be held at the Father Hembrow Center on 306 N Washington in Jerseyville,” President of JCHS Ambulance Association Nathan Bishop said. “Drinks will be provided by 16 West and Pig on a Wing is the food vendor that will be available from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.”
Bishop said, “There will be a Door prize. A person can give a dollar or non-perishable canned goods item as an entry fee and people will be entered into drawing for a $100 gift certificate for Sinclair’s Grocery Store in Jerseyville. Also, the Sheriff’s Department will be there doing the child safety fingerprints and Safety Pup the (mascot) will be on hand for pictures.”
Bishop said the JCH Ambulance associate’s purpose for the bazaar is to help expand the local food pantry and give back to the community.
“The Crazy Christmas Cash Reverse Raffle is to help raise money to pay for new ambulance equipment and to help refurbish one of our box vehicles. We have an ambulance that is older and there is a company called Anfron who will redo the box vehicle and put value back into the ambulance. The Chassie area is what will be getting a facelift and it will be done for half the cost of what it would be to buy a brand new vehicle.” Bishop said.
According to Bishop, a reverse raffle starts off as a traditional raffle where patrons purchase tickets. Where things change up is in the drawing of the winning tickets. Tickets are continually drawn until the last one is drawn for the grand prize.
“We are selling only 400 tickets and tickets cost $50 each. There will be 25 winning draws, totaling $10,000. The grand prize is $4000. So, how this works, is a person will draw every ticket that is in the bin and the last ticket will be the winners’ prize. If a person buys two tickets they get 10 free tickets for the basket raffle, entered into a separate drawing for a $50 Jersey County Business Association gift certificate, and the “entry fee” is waived.” Bishop said. “It is fun and a different way to hold a raffle.
We are also using Vemo for ticket payment purchase. A person can go to Vemo and our account is charityroth@charityroth21. If a person can’t make a ticket purchase in person the association will also come to them. A person can buy a ticket from an ambulance association representative, at our resale shop or at the gift shop and foundation office.” Bishop said.
Bishop said the association is very thankful for the help from the Jerseyville community.
“We would not be here nor have an ambulance association without local support from business.” Bishop said.