MASSENA - Thanksgiving not only brings out turkey with all the trimmings and thoughts of the upcoming Christmas season. It also means its time for the annual Trinity truck raffle, the schools biggest fundraiser of the year.
Tickets went on sale on Black Friday and will be available through the remainder of November and during December, according to Anson A. Burke, who co-chairs the fundraiser with his wife, Tammy.
He said tickets will be sold at various businesses and banking establishments in Massena and at each church after Masses until the drawing is held following the 10:30 a.m. Mass Jan. 6 at St. Marys Church.
In addition, Mr. Burke said, the school will be selling tickets throughout December at the truck selling station, located just outside Hickory Farms in the St. Lawrence Centre mall.
Friends of Trinity school can help by selling tickets at the mall during the month of November and December, when more than 300 selling hours will be available, he said
Any business or individual who wants to help with ticketsalescan contact the school office at 769-5911 for more details.
This years vehicle, sponsored by Fay Motors of Massena, is a 2013 GMC Terrain AWD SUV. It comes loaded with On-Star, XM radio and remote keyless entry, and has a five-year, 100,000-mile power train warranty.
The winner could also choose to take the cash prize instead, $25,000 to start the new year. Five $100 runner-up prizes will also be awarded.
Last years winner was Nancy Seguin, a Trinity Catholic School parent who helped sell tickets for the fundraiser. She opted for the $25,000 cash prize. It was the first time that a current Trinity parent had won the raffle.
The truck fundraiser initially started in 1995 to raise money for Trinity Catholic School and, 17 years later, its purpose remains the same.
The school really depends on the support of the local community, and we are proud to have the tradition of this holiday fundraiser to offer once again this year, Mr. Burke said.
Last year, 7,000 tickets were printed, selling at $10 apiece, and they sold 6,700 of them.
To date, the school has raised more than $800,000 since the fundraiser began, Mr. Burke said.