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Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant conducts lottery calendar sale

| Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 8:58 p.m.
For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Tom Forsythe, president of the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant, holds one of the lottery calendars that are still available as part of the club's annual fundraiser in a photograph taken on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Marilyn Forbes | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal

The Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant is once again offering 2013 lottery calendars as a fundraising project.

Calendars remain available for a donation of $25.

Everyone who purchases one will have hundreds of chances to win cash throughout the year.

“There is a chance to win money every day, 365 days a year,” said Tom Forsythe, the club's president. “It's a nice way to possibly win some money while you are also helping out in the community.”

Each calendar contains one, 3-digit number.

Those who purchase the calendars can then match the listed 3-digit number to the 3-digit number drawn daily from the Pennsylvania Lottery.

The owner of the calendar with the matching number will win cash.

Cash payouts for those with calendars containing winning numbers will range from $25 to $500, Forsythe said.

Those with calendars containing matching numbers on holidays and other “special” days designated by the club will receive more money.

“It's a great way to provide funds that go to Rotary charities,” said Mt. Pleasant Rotarian George Wood regarding the proceeds from the calendar, which are disbursed to local nonprofit groups. “Most of the money is given to local groups and charities.”

The calendar fundraiser is now in its third year for the club, which raises around $10,000 if all the calendars are sold, Forsythe said.

“I heard about the idea from a hockey team out of Greensburg that was doing it,” Forsythe said. “I got a copy of the ticket and then took it to the Rotary to discuss it with the group.”

The calendars also are a nice tribute to old-time Mt. Pleasant, as each month sports a different scene from decades past.

“Last year, we had photographs that were taken around Mt. Pleasant,” Forsythe said. “This year we got old postcards and they are really nice. The calendar shows some nice, old shots from around the town.”

Projects and events sponsored by the club include: Movies in the Park at Veterans Park in the borough, local Westmoreland County Food Bank initiatives, scholastic awards earned by students in Mt. Pleasant Area School District, a vocational shadowing day, and ongoing care and maintenance of Gerro, the Mt. Pleasant Borough Police Department's K-9 officer.

The club has also been a participant in the Mt. Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival for the past 25 years and displays the American flags on Main Street for major holidays.

Its members have also worked on water projects in the Dominican Republic, and they are continuing in their efforts to eradicate polio worldwide.

“These calendars give us a little bit of a face in the community,” said Renanne Hess, a club Rotarian and a member of the club's board of directors. “Some people do not realize that we are even still in existence. This helps to show who we are in the community and what we do.”

The calendars are still available for sale at Wood's Jewelry, Standard Bank on Main Street in Mt. Pleasant and the First Niagara bank at Countryside Plaza in East Huntingdon.

The 2014 calendars will also be available to nonprofit groups that can sell them and receive a portion of any proceeds the groups generate from those sales.

“If there are any nonprofits who want to be a part of the calendar sales for next year, they can call us now,” Forsythe said.

To sign up for next year's calendar fundraiser, or for any questions concerning this year's fundraiser, call 724-696-4417.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.