Even if you don’t win one of the weekly prizes offered through the 2013 Waconia Lions Club raffle calendar, you’ll still be a winner because purchasing a calendar helps the Lions complete a multitude of projects that make the community a better place. For $25, purchasers receive the calendar and an entry into 52 weekly raffle drawings held throughout 2013 — this equates to less than 50 cents per raffle.

Only 2,000 calendars will be sold and more than $20,000 in prizes will be given away. The prizes include a Benelli SBE II shotgun, cash prizes worth up to $1,000, a large assortment of gift cards to area shops and businesses, and other prizes.

The calendar was first offered in 2012 and the Lions sold about 1,700 out of 2,000 calendars. Jim Sanborn, president of the Waconia Lions Club, said the calendars proved to be pretty popular last year and the club expects to sell all of them this year.

“It turned out to be a pretty good fundraiser for us,” Sanborn said. “We made $17,000 in profit after paying for prizes last year.”

All of the proceeds from the sale of these calendars will be spent on local projects, such as the July 4 fireworks, WWII Veterans Project, Lion’s Den at Safari Island, Waconia Band Festival, the gazebo in City Square Park, support for various school groups and booster organizations, and many others.

The calendars are available at Waconia Ford, Everson’s Hardware, Bob’s Barber Shop, Shannon Sweeney (442-8838) or any Waconia Lions Club member.

One can also pick up a calendar through members of the Waconia Hockey Association (WHA). In this arrangement, in lieu of a cash donation to the WHA, the Lions will let the WHA keep a portion of the proceeds from the calendars it sells.

Throughout the year, one can view a list of the lucky weekly winners at waconialions.org. Weekly raffle drawings will be held on Tuesdays and the winners will be updated on the website on Wednesdays.

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