LYNN — In celebration of its 40th year anniversary, the nonprofit organization My Brother’s Table will hold daily raffles throughout September, and a bonus raffle on the first day of October.
The 98 Willow St. soup kitchen has provided over 6 million hot meals to the men, women and children of the North Shore since its inception in 1982. Since the pandemic, the organization has served over 2 million meals to men, women, and children in need.
Raffle prizes include Red Sox and Celtics tickets, restaurant gift cards, and theater tickets. The estimated combined value of prizes is approximately $5,000. Each ticket purchased has 30 chances to win. Every day in September, a name will be drawn, and one lucky individual will win the daily prize. Winning tickets are re-entered into the raffle, and are eligible to win again.
My Brother’s Table Fundraising and Communications Manager Annie Pulaski said that each ticket sold will fund 15 hot meals. She said that since My Brother’s Table does not rely on government funding, fundraising initiatives like the summer raffle provide the organization with much needed funding.
“Given inflation, and how much food prices have increased over the year, every little bit certainly helps. But part of the raffle, you know, is its impact. One raffle ticket is $30. The cost of one raffle ticket provides 15 hot meals,” Pulaski said. “This is our largest fundraiser of the year. We really depend on funds from this fundraiser to help us fund meals for the guests. My Brother’s Table doesn’t accept any government funding, so they rely on individual donations, fundraising, and private grants to carry out their mission every year. And so far this year, they’re on track to serve another million meals.”
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