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Doing her part, one cent at a time

Raffle raises much-needed funds for tornado relief

Rhonda Bronson came up with the idea to raise money for tornado relief by organizing a raffle. She spent several weeks preparing for the raffle, and the winners were announced on Sept. 6. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
September 21, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Rhonda Bronson had never organized a raffle before this summer, but no one would have known that judging by the success of the raffle she established to raise money for tornado relief efforts.

Bronson, the manager of the Sturbridge Mobil Mart on Route 15, hoped the raffle would be popular because her store is located just off Route 84 and many motorists expressed interest in donating money to help those affected by the June 1 tornadoes. Thanks to the generous prizes contributed by individuals, companies, and professional sports franchises, six winners were very happy with their raffle basket prizes when the raffle drawing took place on Sept. 6.

"This was the first time I ever did anything like this, and I definitely didn't realize how much time it would take," Bronson said. "But I didn't mind putting in some extra time because I knew the money was going to help a lot of people who really need it."

Bronson also thanked Sturbridge Volunteer Resource Coordinator Susan Waters for her assistance, as Waters and Selectman Priscilla Gimas pulled the raffle winners.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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