Medina Rotary plans its first meat raffle on March 9

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 March 2024 at 8:01 am

MEDINA – The Medina Rotary Club is trying another new fundraiser for the club with a meat raffle on Saturday at the Ridgeway fire hall, 11392 Ridge Rd.

That follows the club’s first corn hole tournament in January with 87 two-person vying for $5,250 in prizes, including $1,500 to the top team.

Medina Rotary commemorated its 100th anniversary last year. While Rotary is an international organization, its local mission is to serve the Orleans County community, said Peter Bartula, the club president.

The local club supports the food pantry of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, providing families with Thanksgiving Day meals, Christmas gifts, or the comfort of new beds to those in need, as well as backing other community efforts.

Stephanie Mason and Liz Landis are Medina Rotarians on the Meat Raffle Committee. They said there can be up to 350 people in the Ridgeway firehall — and they are hoping to “sell the house.”

There is more than meat at the event. Local businesses donated baskets for a Chinese auction. There will be side raffles and the door prize which includes a 36” Blackstone grill package.

“I’ve personally been involved in a number of meat raffles,” Mason said. “It’s a great evening out with family and friends. They bring communities together to have fun while raising money for much needed causes throughout the community.”

Premier sponsors include Dockside Canvas, Halstead’s Heating and Plumbing, Jennifer Mason with Keller Williams Realty, and Orleans Ford.

Landis said the club’s goal is to raise $5,000 for the community.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the first spin is at 7. Tickets are available at the door and include beer, pop, wine and entry into the door prize drawing. To secure tickets in advance, visit their Eventbrite page titled “Medina Rotary Club’s Meat Raffle,” contact Rotary via email or by phone 716-445-3872.