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Police Relief Association raffle raises more than $10,000

Cecily Quimby next to her new 2012 Garley Davidson Street Glide, raffled off to support the Gilford Police Relief Association. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
August 22, 2012
The Gilford Police Relief Association (GPRA) held the drawing for their 2012 Harley Davidson Street Glide fundraiser raffle Monday, Aug. 20 at the Town Hall.

To draw the winning ticket, GPRA members invited Pat Kelly from WLNH and take the pressure off of GPRA President Wes de Sousa; or so they joked.

Before the drawing, de Sousa announced that they sold all 600 tickets and, at $50 per ticket, raised more than $10,000, after expenses, for the GPRA community programs.

According to de Sousa, he had staff in the Town Clerk's office verify that all 600 tickets were in for the drawing.

Kelly reached into the ticket tumbler, and all in attendance held their breath hoping to ride home on the shiny new Harley. Kelly took a moment fumbling with the tickets and drew one from the cylinder announcing that Cecily Quimby was the proud new owner of the 2012 Harley Street Glide.

Members of the GPRA said it was great that Quimby won the raffle, as she was of the type who bought a ticket just to support the GPRA regardless of the prize; concluding that she would have donated to the Association anyway.

de Sousa thanked Seacoast Harley Davidson for partnering with the GPRA for the fundraiser. He said a technician from Seacoast Harley would be traveling up to Gilford to bring the bike back to their shop for a full detailing, and for Quimby to sign all the necessary paperwork.

According to de Sousa, they raised about double the amount they usually raise through their mail letter fundraiser and the mail fundraiser usually cost them more.

"It was definitely a lot of work. We thought that if people had a chance to win something, it would be more exciting for them," said de Sousa. "We've been selling tickets since Memorial Day. Its a big commitment; everyone in the association had to sell 25 tickets."

According to de Sousa, without Charlene Crowell, GPRA treasurer, the raffle would not have been possible.

"She was the driving force behind the raffle," said de Sousa.

The GPRA supports charitable and community organization including Lakes Region Child Advocacy Center, Gilford D.A.R.E program, Annual Kainen Flynn kids fishing derby, two High School graduate scholarships, Gilford Youth Center, WLNH Children's Auction, support for fallen and injured police officers and their families and to help send Gilford School students to summer camp.

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