It costs $10 to enter a big money drawing, which boasts three prizes: first, $3,000; second, $1,500; and third, $500. Basket raffle tickets cost $5 for a sheet of 25 tickets.
Other moneymakers include a Canoefest ride added this year, golf outings, stillboard shoots, bowling and cornhole tournaments and a Brookville IGA cookout.
Their assistance doesn’t just elevate holidays. Recently the club purchased a wooden jungle gym swing set, slide and playhouse and donated it to the county park. A scholarship fund will be started this year with the first awards given to 2012-13 graduates.
Buckles admits, “There is nothing more gratifying than knowing you are a part of a small local group of people volunteering their time and pulling together to make sure some less fortunate children will get to have something to open on Christmas morning ... It is a very humbling experience and one that puts joy in all of our hearts – seeing the smiles and relief in those parents’ eyes as well as the joy we know the children experience on Christmas morning.”
Debbie Blank can be contacted at 812-934-4343, Ext. 113; or debbie.blank@ batesvilleheraldtribune.com.