Hospice fundraisers include ‘Reverse Raffle’ and ‘Duck for a Buck’

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 June 2018 at 9:34 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Ducks float down Johnson Creek during the duck race on July 4, 2017 in Lyndonville. This year there are 500 duck race tickets for $1 each and they are only available on July 4.

LYNDONVILLE – Hospice of Orleans has a new fundraiser on June 29, a Reverse Raffle with a $5,000 grand prize.

Hospice is putting more emphasis on the Reverse Raffle rather than its annual duck race at the Fourth of July in Lyndonville. However, the duck race will continue but it will be in a reduced form. Hospice typically sells about 2,000 tickets for the duck race, with staff and volunteers spending several weeks on the event.

The race this time is being limited to 500 ducks with tickets only available on July Fourth. Tickets will also be $1 and the prize for the “Duck for a Buck” race will be the split in a 50-50. The winner gets half of the amount of tickets sold, with Hospice getting the other half. The owner of the last duck to finish also will win a patriotic themed basket.

The ducks will “race” at 3 p.m. when they are dropped in Johnson Creek.

Hospice also is holding its first “Toast for Hospice Reverse Raffle.” That fundraiser also is capped at 500 tickets, which are $50 each. The tickets include admission for two people to Leonard Oakes Estate Winery for an event from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 29. There will be a complimentary wine glass, a glass of wine, food and live music.

There will be prizes awarded with every 50th ticket drawn, with several food and gift packages. The final ticket to be pulled will be the winner of the $5,000 grand prize.

“We have great prizes from all over our community,” said Brittany Dix, Hospice development manager.

Hospice has sold half of the tickets so far and is pushing for a sellout.

“It’s a nice night out and an opportunity to support our mission,” she said.

For more information on getting a ticket, call Hospice at (585) 589-0809 or click here.

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