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Holyoke Library announces car raffle as new fund-raiser

Date: 6/26/2012

June 27, 2012

By G. Michael Dobbs

HOLYOKE — The Holyoke Public Library hopes to raise $40,000 with a new fund-raising effort that will give one lucky winner a free three-year lease on a 2013 Hyundai Elantra.

Debra Vega, the campaign assistant for the library's capital campaign, "The Next 100 Years Campaign," explained to Reminder Publications, the library has a goal of contributing $2.5 million toward the $14.5 million construction cost of the new facility on Maple Street.

Currently the campaign has raised $1.85 million and will be continuing its efforts until the opening of the new building next fall.

The raffle was announced at the library construction site on June 22.

The new "Drive into the Future" raffle will provide the winner with a three-year lease to a new 2013 Hyundai Elantra as a first prize. Raffle tickets may be purchased for $10 each, or three for $25, and the drawing will be conducted in December.

"We are extraordinarily grateful to Gary and the team at Gary Rome Auto Group for their generosity and support in this wonderful partnership," Library President Terry Plum said. "Having such a terrific local business come forward at this time is extremely helpful, and we look forward not only to raising funds for the campaign, but also to spreading the word throughout the area about how incredible the new library will be."

Gary Rome, president of Gary Rome Auto Group, said, "The Holyoke Public Library is critical to the future of Holyoke, and we want to play a strong role in bringing this important campaign across the finish line. This is about giving back to our community, and making the future brighter for all of our children and families."

To purchase tickets for the raffle, email for further information.

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