Rotary Club offers 12 Days of Christmas contest

Rotary Club offers 12 Days of Christmas contest

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The Dover Rotary Club raises money for charitable community activities, contributions and scholarships throughout the year. Its biggest fundraiser, The 12 Days of Christmas, has begun with tickets available at several area locations and from any Rotary Club member.

“Over the first 13 years that we did The 12 Days of Christmas,” said Jack Dooling, chairman of the fundraiser committee, “we raised over $123,000.”

After skipping last year, this 14th year will bring in funds to help the Salvation Army, the Greater Dover-New Philadelphia Food Pantry, Share-A-Christmas and the WJER Radio toy drive. The money also will help to fund the Dover Rotary Club’s chief community project: college scholarships.

“There are 12 days of gifts,” Dooling said. “On these 12 days from Dec. 7-22, we have a drawing, and each day the prizes get bigger and more valuable.”

On Dec. 7, 12 people will each win $25 gift certificates from Jill Lane’s Hair Unlimited of Dover. On Dec. 8, 11 people will get $25 gift cards from Buehler’s Dover location.

The next day it'll be $30 gift cards for Pointe Dining for 10 people. On Dec. 9 there will be a drawing for nine $30 gift cards for Uncle Primo’s. On Dec. 13 there will be eight winners of a pizza per month from Domino’s. On Dec. 14 there will be seven baked hams for seven winners from Metal Masters Inc. The next day’s winners will each get a $50 gift basket from Breitenbach Winery.

By the time awards get to Dec. 16, prizes become serious with $100 cash for five winners. The next day will award four people with $125 prepaid VISA cards. Dec. 20 prizes are for three winners of sets of Cleveland Cavaliers tickets and tickets to a Cleveland Guardians game. On Dec. 21 two winners will get $250 cash, and the final day, Dec. 22, will pay out $1,000 cash to a single winning ticket holder. Winners are announced each day on WJER radio.

All ticket sales will end Dec. 6, Dooling said. “So it’s a good idea to get your tickets now. You can buy as many as you want to increase your chances to win.”

Tickets are available at Dover Phila Federal Credit Union, the Tuscarawas County Senior Center, Edward D. Jones and Company, Studio 227, Dover Buehler’s, Jill Lane’s Hair Unlimited, Pam’s Posies and from any Dover Rotary Club member. Tickets are $5 each, three for $10 or eight tickets for $20.

“With the money we raise, the Salvation Army prepares Christmas baskets for area families,” Dooling said. "Share-A-Christmas and WJER distribute toys for children, and we see the great work of the food pantry every day. We see how the funds we raise benefit the community in a very real way.”

The Dover Rotary Club boasts about 50 members of all ages. ”Unfortunately, we lost several members due to the pandemic," Dooling said, "not because they passed away, but because we were unable to hold regular meetings and some people didn’t continue to be active once we resumed.”

Anyone interested in becoming a Rotarian is welcome to attend any meeting. “We have a lot of younger members," Dooling said. "Older people are in the minority now. It’s an active club. We have weekly meetings with good programs that people find interesting. I think that’s a key to keeping people active and interested.”

The Dover Rotary Club meets each Monday at 11:45 a.m. at the Tuscarawas County Senior Center, 425 Prospect St., Dover.