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Meat raffle held to support veterans and community

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published May 21, 2018

 Connie Allen’s raffle ticket makes her a winner of some pork chops. She also won Delmonico steaks. Allen is from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6756 in Center Line, where she often calls the numbers for her post’s meat raffle, and she came out to support the fundraiser at American Legion Post 351.

Connie Allen’s raffle ticket makes her a winner of some pork chops. She also won Delmonico steaks. Allen is from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6756 in Center Line, where she often calls the numbers for her post’s meat raffle, and she came out to support the fundraiser at American Legion Post 351.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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UTICA — The Woman’s Life Chapter 911 Macomb Angels hosted a meat raffle to support veterans and other causes May 15 at the American Legion Hall, 46146 Cass Ave. in Utica.

The raffle was the third one the Woman’s Life Chapter 911 Macomb Angels has held so far. It was also the first one at the American Legion Hall.

Lynn Karnes, the president of Woman’s Life Chapter 911, first heard of the chapter when it stepped in when she needed help the most.

“I heard about our group when I was in intensive care, and they reached out to me and paid for one of my bills. I have been a member for three years, and I love it. We’ve done three meat raffles so far. We’ve raised money before for a variety of different groups that needed financial assistance,” Karnes said.

Karnes spoke with a friend at the American Legion Hall in Utica to set up the meat raffle.

“I am the second vice commander at the Victor I. Rieck Post 351 American Legion Hall and a retired Marine that has been a member of the Woman’s Life Chapter 911 Macomb Angels for four months now. I met Lynn through a craft and vendor show. I am excited to have the event at the hall, as I have previously attended meat raffles in Center Line and they all turned out very well,” said Christine Tonegatto-Salo.

There were more than 100 packages of meat raffled off from Nitsches Meats & Deli in Shelby Township. The meat included chicken, T-bones, Delmonicos, ribs, bacon, sausage and more.

The meat was sponsored by local businesses, including many businesses in Utica. The raffle, which cost attendees $15 for 10 tickets and food at the event, benefited the Woman’s Life Chapter 911 Macomb Angels and the American Legion 351, in addition to supporting the community and veterans.

When attendees entered, they were given raffle tickets with numbers on them.

During the raffle, poker chips with numbers on them were pulled for a chance to win meat. If the numbers matched with a raffle ticket, the holder of the ticket won a prize. Additional tickets could be purchased to improve the odds of winning.

The meat was stored to keep it cool until end of the raffle, then awarded after the 10 rounds of the raffle were completed.

Each company that sponsored the raffle got a 60-second commercial during a certain round for contributing to the event.

The Woman’s Life Chapter 911 Macomb Angels is collecting packs of gum for military members overseas and will be doing ice cream fundraisers, a raffle, bingo and more to support the community and veterans.

The chapter will hold its next meat raffle at 6 p.m. Aug. 4 at Classic Lanes in Rochester Hills. The group partners with other groups to host each of its events.

“I have been going to meat raffles for eight years, and Lynn and I thought it would be a great idea to host one. Lynn adopted it and decided it would be a great thing to do,” said Tonegatto-Salo.

She hopes it will become an annual event.

“It is the first one here and we worked together to plan it. Proceeds go to our vets in our Roseville vets fund, food pantry and the Christmas adopt-a-family project,” said Tonegatto-Salo.

“Everyone wants to eat, and it’s a good way to support the community and veterans in need,” said Karnes.

The Woman’s Life Chapter 911 is a group of volunteers who do service projects and fundraisers for individuals and nonprofits in Macomb County.

The group is always accepting new members. There are 56 members currently. The group holds its monthly meetings every third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Pine Ridge of Plumbrook Senior Living, located at 8350 Plumbrook Road in Sterling Heights.

For more information or to find out how to join the group, visit www.facebook.com/WL911.

To find out more information about the post, visit www.alpost351.org.

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