River District's Red Ball Raffle kicks off, offering fun prizes

Trips to Orlando, Fla., Cancun and Las Vegas among raffle prizes

The River District Association has announced the start of the Red Ball Raffle, a fund-raiser for the association.

Raffle prizes include the following trips (trips include airfare and accommodations) and items:

First prize of a “Family Fun Trip” to Orlando, Fla., for four people over three nights;

Second prize of a “Sun ’N‘ Fun Trip” to Cancun for two people over three nights;

Third prize of “Gambler’s Trip” to Las Vegas for two people over three nights; and

Fourth prize is a piece of fine jewelry.

Raffle tickets ($10 each) are available at Rockford Bank & Trust, 127 N. Wyman St.; Lula’s Vintage Boutique, 221 E. State St.; the River District office; and from River District Board members and Red Ball committee members.

The maximum number of tickets to be sold is 1,000. Tickets can be purchased with cash, check, VISA or MasterCard.

Drawing is set for the night of the River District Red Ball Gala Dinner Saturday, Oct. 8, at Rockford Country Club. Raffle participants do not have to be present to win.

Past proceeds from the raffle and Red Ball gala have gone toward the River District Boat Dock Fund, the downtown entertainment guide, and holiday lighting expenses.

Each year, River District chooses to use the money for projects that enhance the downtown experience for both residents and visitors. River District Association will announce at a later date what the proceeds will be used for this year.

Tickets to the black tie Red Ball are $100 per person. Social hour starts at 6:30 p.m., with piano stylings by Curt Johnsen. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. with dancing music by Moonlight Jazz Orchestra throughout the evening. The program begins at 8:30 p.m., emceed by 13-WREX-TV’s Eric Wilson.

For more information, contact the River District office at 964-6221.

From the Sept. 21-27, 2005, issue

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