SALEM - Once again, the employees of Cigarette World in Salem are doing their part to help victims of domestic violence by holding a series of raffles as a lead-off to Cruzin' for a Cauze on June 23.
"We need a safe place for women and children to go," store manager Jackie Spencer said.
In Columbiana County, that place is the Christina House in Lisbon and this will be the third year in a row store personnel have stepped up and hawked raffle tickets for baskets to support the shelter's efforts. This will be the second year they've hosted a car show in the store parking lot to raise funds for the shelter.
Cigarette World clerk Samantha Burkey, left, and store manager Jackie Spencer pose with some of the raffle items available at the Salem store off of Cunningham Road, all to raise money for the Christina House shelter for battered women and their children. The raffles will lead up to Cruzin’ for a Cauze, a car show planned from 3 to 7 p.m. June 23 in the parking lot, also to benefit Christina House. Tickets for the raffles are $1 each or 6 for $5 and can be purchased at the store. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
The first raffle in 2011 for a patio set raised $534. Last year, they decided to have a handful of raffles and a car show titled Cruzin' for a Cauze, raising $1,452 despite rainy weather on Father's Day. "This year we hope to double it with the help of everyone," Spencer said.
Tickets for the many raffles can be purchased at the store on Cunningham Road across from the Walmart entrance for $1 or six for $5 and will be drawn periodically up to the date of the car cruise.
Up to 14 raffle baskets are on display at the moment, with several more items to come. There's one containing dog products, two with purses containing cosmetics and perfume, one with candy, one for summer with an outdoor ceramic fire bowl, one filled with Italian food, one with bath products, one for smokers, one with a power wheel quad for kids donated by Walmart, one with a handmade cow and White Diamonds perfume, one with Cleveland Browns baby outfit items, one for gardening, one with a party set, pitcher and beer, and one with children's books donated by Mothers Educating Autistic Leaders.
Future raffle items coming include a crocheted American flag by Lynn Spencer, a pink ribbon basket by Tonya Needham, a basket with cat toys, food and an electric litter box, and a Father's Day basket which will include a plaque donated by Denny Calvin.
"This benefits your own community. It's not going somewhere else," store clerk Samantha Burkey said.
The Cruzin' for a Cauze will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. on June 23, the final day of the Salem Super Cruise. The cost for vehicles will be $5 an entry, with a dash plaque for the first 50 vehicles and prizes for first, second, third and kids' choice. The event will include a disc jockey for music, G & G concessions for food and lots of prizes for trivia questions for both children and adults. There will be mini games for kids, also.
Spencer offered thanks to the store owners, David and Kari Newman, for allowing her and the other employees to do the raffles and car cruise again. The efforts first began when they heard a few customers talk about their situations with domestic violence, something Spencer said she was familiar with on a personal basis. With the economy, she said domestic violence is on the rise.
"It's a great cause," she said.
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