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Haverhill Gazette office at 181 Merrimack St. in Haverhill
After 24 years of charity, the Tilton School Santa Fund Raffle has expanded to the Consentino K-8 schools.
Debbie Church, a former Tilton Elementary School teacher who now works as a fifth-grade teacher at the expanded Consentino School, plans to continue her charitable work for the Haverhill Gazette Santa Fund with the annual Tilton/Consentino School Santa Fund Raffle.
As in years past, the raffle will offer both adult and children's raffles featuring prizes such as gift certificates and weekend getaways alongside toys and games.
Select adult prizes up for grabs include a $100 gift certificate to Bay State Limousine, handmade table cloths and even a full round of golf for up to four at the Merrimack Golf Course. All 35 of the prizes were donated by faculty, staff and select parents at Consentino and Tilton. The children's raffle, meanwhile, is covered exclusively by Tilton faculty and staff.
"I really couldn't do it without (these donors)," Church said. "They pull through every year."
Church continues to run the raffle in memory of her parents, Robert and Joanne West. Joanne began the raffle during her career as a teacher at Tilton, auctioning off a turkey for a dime a ticket.
"It's a part of my family and helps everyone else," she said.
Although costing slightly more than a dime, tickets still have the opportunity to win valuable prizes.
Tickets for the raffle can be purchased at the Haverhill Gazette office at 181 Merrimack Street between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. until Dec. 21. The final drawing will take on Dec. 22. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.
The children's raffle, open exclusively to students at Tilton Elementary, will offer about 300 prizes which students can enter to win for just 25 cents a ticket.
Christine Munier, a Tilton teacher, volunteered to handle the children's raffle this year.
"It's adorable and so much fun," Munier said. "They know exactly why they do it. It's giving as well as receiving."
All money raised through both raffles goes directly into The Gazette Santa Fund. Contributions to The Gazette Santa Fund are tax-deductible and 100 percent of your donation is used to provide gifts and meals to Haverhill children and families for the holiday.