Tupelo Kiwanis Club hosted its 1st Annual $10,000 Draw-Down fundraiser on Thursday night at the BancorpSouth Conference Center, and raised over $17,000 for local children’s charities.
Nearly 500 people packed the house and enjoyed great food, refreshments, and live entertainment as they watched the 250 raffle tickets be drawn down to the final ticket holder, who won $10,000 cash.
Harrison Gregory held the winning ticket, but when there were only 3 tickets remaining, the final 3 ticket-holders agreed to split the money. Todd Bates and Lynn Bryan were the other two ticket holders in the final three, and they were all very excited to walk away with over $3,300 each.
Mark Prince, Area Development Manager for Cellular South, served as Committee Chair and M.C. for the event.
He came up with the Draw-Down fundraiser idea from similar events he helped with while living in Hattiesburg. “I knew that a Draw-Down could be a premier event for Tupelo that people will look forward to year after year, and it is a great way to raise money for charity”, Prince said.
Tupelo Kiwanis Club also hosts the Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at First United Methodist Church on the morning of the Annual Reed’s Christmas Parade, and annually supports several children’s charities in the area, including Gardner-Simmons Home, Faith Haven, Boys & Girls Club, Yocona Area Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and others.
David Ferrell, Tupelo Kiwanis Club President, could not have been more pleased with the event, and is already excited about next year’s Kiwanis Draw-Down. According to Ferrell, “This event was more successful than we could have imagined, and will allow us to increase our support, and even consider other needy children’s charities that we have not been able to support in the past.”
The Tupelo Kwianis Club