HANCOCK - Little Brother Friends of the Elderly is celebrating 30 years in the Copper Country, so obviously it's only logical for the senior service organization to give away $30,000 to commemorate the event.
Actually, it's more than $30,000 that could be given away, according to Mike Aten, LBFE director.
Aten said LBFE is working to sell a maximum of 1,500 raffle tickets at $50 each. If all 1,500 tickets are sold, the first prize will be $30,000, with further prizes of $5,000 for second, $1,500 for third and $1,000 for fourth place.
Aten said since the raffle is licensed by the state of Michigan, if fewer than 1,500 are sold by May 19, it becomes a 50/50 raffle.
"If we sell less than 1,500, we still give the winners 50 percent (of the proceeds) and 50 percent goes to Little Brothers," he said.
Aten said more than one raffle ticket can be purchased by an individual. Winners need not be present at the drawing, which will take place at 11 a.m. on May 19 in the LBFE offices at 527 Hancock St. in Hancock.
The raffle proceeds will help LBFE with new services, including expanding in Ontonagon County, Aten said.
"We actually started a visiting program last May," he said.
Although LBFE has conducted holiday meals in Ontonagon County since 1989, visiting elderly friends is relatively new, and there are costs associated with the program, which the raffle proceeds can help meet.
Both Ontonagon and Baraga counties are losing population, and Aten said that makes the LBFE home visits more important.
"We wanted to address it," he said.
There will be home visits to Baraga County starting in May, Aten said.
Aten said the early stage of the raffle ticket sales has gone well.
"We sold about 300 tickets," he said. "Little Brothers has done well even when the economy is bad."
However, since he would like all 1,500 tickets to be sold, Aten said members are making a push to meet the May 19 deadline.
There are a few ways to buy raffle tickets, Aten said. They can be purchased online with Visa, Discover or Mastercard at goo.gl/rd4Dw. Checks can mailed to Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly at 527 Hancock St. Hancock, MI 49930. Payment can be made in person at the office, also.
Aten said the chances of winning the LBFE raffle are much better than winning the state lottery.
"The odds are not bad," he said.