Hundreds play to win at Franklin County United Way Community Bonanza

November 04, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • United Way of Franklin County volunteer Pam Anderson keeps track of names called in drawings Sunday at the the organization's Community Bonanza in Greencastle, Pa.
By Jennifer Fitch

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Hundreds of people were playing to win Sunday while helping the United Way of Franklin County during the organization’s annual Community Bonanza.

Each $20 ticket got participants an entry in a drawing for $1,000. Other prizes were awarded and silent auction items won by high bidders throughout the afternoon.

Greencastle residents Bill and Kim Bishop won a $50 gift card from Sportsman’s Liquidation Outlet early on, but they still had the big cash prize on their minds.

“We’re still in it,” Kim Bishop said.

She joked with her son, Kody Herndon, and his fiancée, Kristin Bennett, about who would be responsible for buying supper if they won $1,000. Bennett said she was enjoying the event at Green Grove Gardens.

“It’s a good way to help the community by having fun,” she said.

For its third annual Community Bonanza, the United Way of Franklin County decided one in 10 tickets would win its holder prizes worth more than the ticket cost. Prizes included gas cards, cash, gift certificates and cards, and “chamber bucks” for use at businesses that are members of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

The $1,000 cash prize was sponsored by CenturyLink.

“In addition to that, we have raffles going on for restaurant gift cards and merchandise apparel. We have an iPad we’re giving away,” said Amy Hicks, executive director of the United Way of Franklin County.

The United Way of Franklin County is in the midst of its annual campaign, aiming to raise $775,000 for more than 40 programs. The Community Bonanza supports that campaign.

“People are playing games all day and they’ll be winning all day, which I love,” Hicks said.

The event is successful because of business sponsorships, she said.

Campaign chairman Joe Zmitrovich said he enjoyed seeing a diverse group of people participating in the bonanza.

“It’s an active day,” Zmitrovich said. “If you like a lot of action, this is the event to come out to. It’s a lot of fun.”

Jared Shelly of Shippensburg, Pa., got tickets through his employer, Penn State Mont Alto. He and his wife, Latisha, grabbed some pork barbecue as the prizes were announced.

“I think it’s nice,” Latisha Shelly said. “It’s organized, and the food was good.”

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