Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


April 16, 2013

Derrick Days raffles benefit charities, winners

Corsicana — Derrick Days will offer plenty of opportunities for people to win prizes, if they’re willing to invest a little.

Raffles are a staple of small-town fundraisers, so it won’t be a surprise if various organizations are offering chances for TVs, quilts, or other items.

The Shakers and Scrapers, for example, are raffling off a car engine, a transmission, four tires, a Kindle Fire, and cash as part of that group’s fundraiser for St. Jude’s Hospital and local charities. Tickets are available through the car club’s members.

The Food Pantry of Navarro County is also holding a kind of reverse raffle. They aren’t asking for money, but they are giving it away. Instead, the food pantry is asking for donations of food. Anyone who brings in a non-perishable food item will be given a raffle ticket for each donated item. The prize at the end of the day is $500 cash, donated by local company SMA. Tickets are available on the day of festival.

“If you bring 20 items, you get 20 chances,” said Fran Townes, chairman of the Derrick Days committee.

The Oil Baron’s Ball is raffling off a $1,000 gift card to Nieman Marcus, a $1,000 certificate to the Downtown Spa, a $1,000 designer purse, an antique bookcase on display at Canterbury Court, and an antique gun. Those tickets are available from VOICE, Inc.

On Tuesday, another raffle was added to the mix. Ideal Storage has donated a storage unit for a year for one lucky donor to Derrick Days. The festival’s committee will have a tent up during the festival collecting donations to help throw next year’s event. Now, anyone donating can be entered in the raffle for the storage space. Subway is also donating cookies for the Derrick Days fundraiser tent.

“You get a cookie and a shot at storage,” said Chris Martin, owner of the Ideal Storage facility in Corsicana.

In other business, the Derrick Days festival is shaping up. The festival is scheduled for April 27 in downtown Corsicana. Progress reports at Tuesday’s meeting revealed:

• Anyone wanting to bring in a golf cart or ATV to this year’s festival will need to get a permit beforehand. Last year, there were problems with unauthorized vehicles. They’ll be cracking down this year, Townes said. Groups that need permits can contact the Main Street office.

• The three-on-three basketball tournament has generators, security, food, and volunteers. Now all they need are teams to register.

• The number of food and beverage vendors is at 38, which means it’s sold out. Not all of those have paid their fees, yet, so there might still be openings, according to Steve Dieterichs. The will be about 90 vendors, or 100 booths (some vendors have more than one booth space), which is about the same as last year, or a little more.

• Because of the stolen Derrick Days money, funds are tight for advertising this year. However, the festival will have some short (15 second) TV ads on Channel 5 this coming week, along with some radio spots in Waco and surrounding communities.


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