Those 50-50 raffles the Friends And Neighbors (FAN) Club hosted during the past volleyball and football seasons were a big hit with fans and boosters.
Now they are a hit with those in charge of scoring boys and girls basketball games in Wilson Dome.
That’s because the proceeds from those raffles, about $3,700, was donated to the Lady Longhorn basketball team to purchase a new state-of-the art scorer’s table for use in the dome.
The table was used for the first time Jan. 13 in hoop games against the Round Valley Elks.
Most fans recall that the 50-50 raffles featured one-half of the profits going to the winning ticket holder and the other half to the FAN Club.
Most raffles at football games were highly successful with hundreds of tickets purchased for $1 each.
In early season, the split with winning ticket holders averaged about $150.
But at the Oct. 17 game against Blue Ridge, an overflow crowd of fans — itching to see the two finest 3A teams in the state duel — purchased $1,100 worth of tickets.
When FAN Club member Eileen Daniels went to give one-half of the money to the winning ticket holder, the man, who would only give his name as J.C., said he was a visitor from out of town and opted to pocket only $200 of his winnings, and return the remainder of the money to the FAN Club.
In addition to the 50-50 raffle, the FAN Club raffled tickets at football games for the privilege of sitting on the “Spirit Couch” that was positioned on the sidelines where fans had a close up and personal view of the action.
The profits from that raffle will be donated to the junior class to be used to finance this spring’s prom.
For those interested in joining the FAN Club, it meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Pioneer Title. New members are welcome.