Nichole Hannahs

Rotary Raffle Raises Big Bucks

by Nichole Hannahs on January 15, 2013 at 6:39 am

One organization said they’ll be able to expand the good they do in the community this year.

The Zanesville Rotary Clubs raised $40,000 through their 12 Days of Christmas raffle. It’s $12,000 more than last year’s fundraiser.

"We really attribute that to the community getting involved with the project," said Ken Johnson a chairman for the event. "They’re the people that support us and I feel like this project is moving from a Rotary project where we ask the community to support us, to a community project where the Rotary Club acts as a go between."

The hope now is that both the Daybreak and Noon Rotary Clubs can raise even more money next year.

"We just hope that it continues to grow," explained MaryJane Shackelford of the Daybreak Rotary. "When you have $40,000 that you can distribute throughout the community each year we’re just hoping that it continues to grow and that the community continues to be as generous as they are."

Johnson said money raised goes towards their annual Christmas party for special needs students in the Zanesville City School District, the Phoenix Awards for seniors in high school and the Carr Center Safety Town among other projects.