A Sartell Lions meat raffle and football raffle on Sunday, Dec. 2 will raise funds for Lions’ projects, as well as toys for the “Toys for Tots” program.
It will all take place from noon until 3 or 4 p.m. at the Blue Line Bar and Grill during the Vikings-Green Bay game. Those who come to the event are requested to bring a toy for Toys for Tots. When Lions member Mike DeLuca heard the Toys for Tots program was seeking toys, he decided to combine the raffles with a toy effort. The Toys for Tots program is operated by the Marine Corps Reserve of Central Minnesota, and all toys are given to needy children in central Minnesota. Those who bring toys should, if possible, bring one worth $10 or more. Those who bring a toy will receive a free drink.
Throughout the day, starting at noon, participants can buy a meat-raffle ticket (or multiple tickets) for a dollar each. Fifteen packages of meat will be raffled off.
The other raffle is for one of two coolers filled with meat. One is a Minnesota Vikings cooler; the other is a Green Bay Packers cooler. For $3 per ticket, people can “bet” on which team is going to win the football game. A winner will be drawn from the tickets for the winning team’s cooler, which will contain about $50 worth of meats.
Proceeds from the raffles will be used by the Sartell Lions Club for needy families in Sartell or for needs of the school system.
DeLuca said anyone can just drop a toy off at the Blue Line Bar and Grill, even if they cannot stay for the game and the raffles.
The Blue Line Bar and Grill is located at 1101 2nd St. in Sartell at the intersection of Pinecone Road and 2nd Street.
For more information, call DeLuca at 320-293-1560.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.