Agency raffles car to keep county beautiful
DANVILLE — A nonprofit organization working to spruce up Vermilion County is giving people a chance to win a new car.
Keep Vermilion County Beautiful Inc. is selling raffle tickets to raise money for 2015 beautification grants.
First prize is either a 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid, which has a retail value of $25,425 (provided by Carmack Car Capitol) or $20,000.
The second prize is $1,000, and the third prize is $500.
"If you do not win a cash prize, you are still a winner as your donation will show up in community beautification projects," director Lynn Wolgamot said.
The organization has awarded $57,000 in grants since 2006. The grants have been used to do cleanup and beautification projects in cities, villages, parks, nursing homes, baseball fields and community gardens.
Tickets are $10 apiece.
They are available at the following Danville area locations: Carmack Car Capitol, Danville Public Library, Friendly Tavern, Garfield's Restaurant, Mad Goat Coffee, Moon Glo Restaurant, NAPA Auto & Truck Parts, 610 Tap, Vermilion Advantage and World Class Clean, Detail & Lube Center.
They are also available at Catlin Village Hall, Fairmount Hardware & Lumber, Vermilion County Conservation District office at Kennekuk County Park, Westville Village Hall/Westville Gas, and from Fithian Village Trustee Lisa Powell and Sidell Clerk Janet Brown.
Winners will be announced at 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Phases of the Moon concert event at Kennekuk. Ticket buyers do not need to be present to win.
Wolgamot also invited the public to join volunteers in "litter patrols," which are held every other week. Organizers choose a location, and volunteers spend an hour picking up garbage.
Litter patrol sites are posted on the organization's website, http://www.keepvermilioncountybeautiful.org.
If people want their neighborhood selected as a cleanup site, they can contact Wolgamot at 260-3483.