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Shriners to hold festival

Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 10:27 am

Each year, the 40-member KENA Patriot’s Shrine Club aims to donate more than $12,000 to the 22 Shriners Hospitals across the country.

And in a few short weeks, they’re hoping to get a huge boost to that mission.

The club will host its first annual “Draw Down” get-together at Christopher Run Campground on Saturday, September 13. All guests will be able to enjoy good food, great music and even better, a shot at taking home some major cash.

Tickets for the event are being sold for $100 apiece. Each ticket enters the purchaser into the event’s centerpiece attraction, a $10,000 raffle. The excess money raised will go entirely to Shriners Hospitals.

“It’s all we do. We just love supporting the hospitals,” KENA president Todd Freeman said.

“That’s the name of the game,” club member Harvey Fleshman said. “That’s why we’re Shriners. They’re not only good, they’re compassionate.”

Shriners Hospitals are world-renowned for their generosity, providing specialized care to children under the age of 18 for conditions such as scoliosis, cleft lip and neuromuscular disorders.

According to KENA club treasurer Russ Bane, the group has had the idea of hosting a draw down for a few years now, borrowing the idea from fundraisers hosted by local fire departments.

“That kind of stimulated the idea for us,” Bane said.

So far, the club has pulled in a plethora of donated items and services. Louisa local Matt Payne has donated a beer truck for the evening festivities, and two donated firearms, a Remington 870 and a Henry’s Goldenboy Rifle, will be auctioned off.

The club aims to sell 225 tickets. Freeman said that 100 are already sold, and he’s looking for that number to skyrocket in the near future.

“Hopefully, it’ll be people knocking the door down asking for one,” Freeman said.

Each ticket sold includes a free meal. Additional meals are offered at just $25. The event starts at 6 p.m.

Members of the club said their goal for the night is to establish a fun-filled tradition with a good cause, as well as a way for the club to make its presence known in the community.

“You’ll see in our club, we have a lot of camaraderie,” club member Doug Dodge said.

“It’s not just a one-person deal,” Fleshman said. “Everybody works at it. It’s quite a thing to put together.”

To purchase tickets, contact Doug Dodge at (540)-846-8308 or Russ Bane at (540)-894-3360.


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