Rotary 'Reverse Raffle' helps local charities
by W. WINSTON SKINNER
The Rotary Club of Newnan and local nonprofit Assistance in Healthcare, Inc. held their inaugural Reverse Raffle fundraiser and social event recently at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Medical Center.
The May 16 event was a great success, Rotarians said. Attendees enjoyed an evening of activities and food with a large tent set up on the grounds of the hospital in Newnan. More than $10,000 was given back to the community through the Rotary event, said past president Doug Cantrell.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit AIH, a non-profit organization that provides non-medical assistance to cancer patients in Coweta County and in the Southeastern United States.
Funds from the Reverse Raffle event also will assist other local causes that the Rotary Club of Newnan supports through financial giving such as literacy programs, AIDS awareness in schools, scholarships to graduating high school seniors, Prevent Child Abuse and the Fourth of July community fireworks program at Drake Stadium, to name a few, Cantrell said. Funds also will assist Community Welcome House shelter for women domestic violence victims, Boys and Girls Club of Newnan, and the nonprofit Coweta Samaritan Clinic in Newnan.
The $5,000 grand prize winner was Steve Henley, who kindly donated the money back to the Rotary Club of Newnan and AIH. Green Forest Construction, Brandon Lovett and Mary Dickerson won $500, $150 and $50, respectively.
Other winners included Chip Gordon, Jerome Lewis and Hector and Carol Colon, who won $1,000, $200 and $100, respectively.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America was host for the event and provided a lavish table of refreshments. Several other community businesses also supported the event.
At the May 31 Rotary Club meeting at Newnan Country Club, checks were presented by Rotary President Gerald Kemp to several organizations that benefited from the Reverse Raffle. Accepting on behalf of Assistance in Healthcare was Nancy Mader. Accepting on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club was Darryl Smith, and accepting on behalf of Coweta Samaritan Clinic was executive director Lou Graner.