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Chamber's reverse raffle 'strikes back' at coronavirus

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SPRING HOPE — The Spring Hope Area Chamber of Commerce is trying to help local businesses affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns with small grants — but organizers need help to make it happen. 

The chamber is holding a reverse raffle with a $5,000 prize for the winner. Remaining proceeds will be used to help small businesses in Spring Hope. 

The “Town of Spring Hope Strikes Back” complete with the Millennium Falcon firing at a coronavirus image is the logo being used on newly designed raffle tickets being sold by the chamber as it takes a page from the “Star Wars” saga in its upcoming reverse raffle scheduled for Aug. 8 in the downtown depot area.

At a recent chamber meeting, the board of directors voted to sell 300 tickets for a $50 donation per ticket. A committee is working on the grant applications, which will be ready prior to Aug. 8 and posted on the chamber’s website.

To purchase a raffle ticket, call the chamber office at 252-478-1919 or stop by the Southern Nash News and The Enterprise office at 123 W. Main St. between 9 a.m. and noon on weekdays. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Southern Nash News at 252-478-3320, and The Enterprise at 252-478-3651.