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United Way beginning annual campaign
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The United Way of Bryan County is holding a raffle to raise money for its annual fundraising campaign. According to organizers, the raffle has been a success so far.

"It’s going pretty good," said campaign chairman Tony Greeson. "We’ve had a couple big businesses that have already made large donations."

Tickets are available for $5 at Heritage Bank, First Bank of Coastal Georgia, and the Richmond Hill Kroger store. First prize is a pair of VIP tickets to the NASCAR Bank of America 500 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 11. The tickets include admission to the Coors Light Party Deck, with free food and beverages.

Second prize is four tickets and a parking pass for the football game between Georgia Southern University and Appalachian State University at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro on Oct. 18.

The winners of the raffle will be announced at the United Way campaign kickoff party in Richmond Hill on Sept. 18. The party will be held at the Wetlands Center at JF Gregory Park at noon. According to Greeson, if the raffle winners are not present at the kickoff party, the United Way will notify them that they have won.

"We keep their tickets stubs which have their contact information on them," he said. "So we can get in touch with them that way."

The United Way has set a fundraising goal of $70,000 for Bryan County. The money will go to benefit local organizations who receive funding from the United Way on a regular basis, including the Red Cross, Helping Hands, and The Clothes Line thrift store in Pembroke.

"The campaign money raised will stay here in Bryan County," Greeson said.

He added that the United Way is always in need of volunteers and donations to help service the many organizations that depend on it for funding. For more information about the United Way campaign, contact Janice Blunt at 756-5333 or 653-5344.

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