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Community Center eyes Raffle Night, Pepsi event to aid in improvements

November 6, 2010

Preparing for tonight’s Raffle Night at the Pantall Hotel’s Rooftop are (from left) Rob McCoy, community center director; board member Don Slovinsky; board President Mick Mumau; and board member Jeffrey Winfield. (Photo by Holly Shok/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY —The Punxsutawney Area Community Center will host its second-annual Raffle Night tonight.

From 6 to 9 p.m., at the Pantall Hotel’s Rooftop, ticket holders are invited to join the festivities as the center raffles away an array of awards.

Guests will be entered into the drawings of numerous winnings, including a 42-inch HD TV; bedroom suite; sofa and chair set; vacuum cleaner; and several cash prizes, said Mick Mumau, president of the center’s Board of Directors.

Tickets may be purchased at the door tonight.

Even if ticket holders are unable to attend, they will still be entered into the drawings, Mumau said.

However, additional raffles — including chances on Steelers, Penn State football and Pitt basketball tickets, as well as assorted gift baskets from local businesses — will be available to enter only at the event.

“Last year was a tremendous success,” Mumau said. “The Community Center Board would like to thank the public for all their support this year.”

Proceeds of today’s sweepstakes will benefit the center.

“It’s always a work in progress,” board member Jeffrey Winfield said.

In addition to Raffle Night, the center recently registered to take part in the “Pepsi Refresh Project.”

Currently ranked No. 322, the Punxsutawney Community Center Theater Project has a chance of winning $50,000 to be put toward Jackson Theater renovations.

The decision of which “neighborhood project” will win the prize is in the hands of online voters.

If community members would like to support the center but are unable to participate in Raffle Night, Winfield said, the board would appreciate their online votes.

“They can support us this way, and it doesn’t cost anything, it’s just their vote,” he said.

Votes may be cast, one per day, at www.refresheverything.com.

The center would use potential winnings to replace the drapery and stage curtains, update the sound equipment, repair the roof and install a sink in the concession lounge.

“Everything we can improve, we would like to,” Mumau said.

For further information, contact the Community Center at 938-1008.

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