2015 50/50 Raffle Kicks Off

Sterling, IL – Sterling Main Street Announces 50/50 Fundraising Raffle.  Ticket sales for Sterling Main Street’s annual 50/50 raffle got off to a great start at its May 31st Car Show. Tickets will be on sale through the months of June and July, and a single winner will be drawn during Sterling Main Street’s annual Music Fest on July 25, 2015 at the Grandon Civic Center.

“Main Street has a number of projects and events underway,” says Janna Groharing, the organization’s executive director.  “Ramping up our fundraising efforts for the year is just a part of the process to be able to continue to meet our goals.”

“We had a great response to our raffle last year – we gave away over $800 to one lucky winner, and are hoping to grow the prize fund even larger this year,” says Ed Cox, Main Street’s fundraising chairperson. “We are very proud to be able to say that 100% of our fundraising dollars is put back into the community through our activities and events.”

In addition to Main Street’s annual partnership campaign and sponsorship contributions, ongoing fundraising efforts help the organization be able to continue to grow annual community events such as Movies at Grandon, Music Fest, Hot Dog Day, Harvest Moon Festival and the Seasonal Sights & Sounds activities.  In addition to annual events and downtown promotions, Main Street focuses efforts on historic preservation and downtown beautification.  Lamppost flower baskets were installed for the first time in 2014 and the organization more than doubled the number installed for 2015. Plans are also in the works for historical markers to be placed on a number of the significant buildings in the downtown district, along with other projects to continue to make downtown Sterling a vibrant destination for the community and visitors alike.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20, and will be available through July 24th at the following businesses:  Sterling Main Street office, the Sterling Welcome Center & Gallery, Golden Key Gifts, Showplace Antiques & Treasures, Grummert’s Hardware and SBM.  Main Street volunteers will also be at select Movies at Grandon, Sterling Municipal Band Concerts and the Twin City Farmers Market with tickets for sale. Tickets will also be available at the July 25th Music Fest until 7:00 p.m.  The winner will be drawn that evening around 7:45 p.m., just before the last band takes the stage.

For more information about Sterling Main Street, its programs and projects, please contact 815/626-8610 or visit www.sterlingmainstreet.org.

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