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Rotary hopes fresh, new fundraiser will help nonprofits

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GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s Rotary clubs have had astounding perennial success with their international fundraising efforts.

Now they’re putting a fresh spin on a fundraising dinner model to raise cash for local nonprofits.

The group’s first Steak’n, Bake’n Raffle, set for 6 p.m. to midnight Oct. 20 at Greenfield Armory, will mix food and fun to support local charities.

 By hosting a night of eating, drinking and dancing, organizers are hoping to support local nonprofits with “limited fundraising capabilities.” The size, scope and recipients of that assistance will be determined by the event’s success.

“Depending on what we make here, we hope to spread it wisely and generously throughout the community,” said Dave Anders, event co-chair.

There will be plenty of ways to give. Tickets for the adult-only event are $35, covering the price of dinner, one drink and entry into a “reverse raffle.” From there, attendees will have other opportunities to enter the raffle, several 50/50 drawings and a silent auction.

Drink sales, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, will also contribute to fundraising efforts. Drinks have been donated by Greenfield Beverage, one of two major sponsors of the event. The other is Hancock Regional Hospital.

The signature event of the night will be the reverse raffle, where attendees’ names are entered into a drawing at the start of the event. As the night progresses, names are removed until just a handful are left. At that point the remaining contenders can choose to split the pot or go for broke until only one name remains.

“We decided it was time we needed to devise a new fundraiser that would benefit the philanthropic organizations in Hancock County,” Anders said. “It’s meant to be a celebration of the community, where we can raise money and have a good time.”

By planning a night of dinner, drinks, prizes and dancing, organizers are hoping to generate more energy around supporting local nonprofits and draw new names and faces into

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