Culver Kiwanis raffle monies distributed

This summer's Culver Kiwanis Club car raffle netted funds for several local non-profits as well as awarding a cash prize to one lucky local winner. Checks were distributed at last Thurdsday's weekly Kiwanis meeting, held at the Culver Public Library.

According to Dick Swennumson of the Club, a total of 1,260 raffle tickets were sold over the course of the summer, netting $21,690.
Of that money, $192.25 went to the Culver Chamber of Commerce, $559.27 to the Culver Lake Fest, $1634.11 to the Culver Boys & Girls Club, and raffle winner Misty Sellers received a cash payout of $8,156 (while the raffle was originally for a vehicle from Oliver Ford in Plymouth, ticket sales fell short of the minimum required to make the vehicle available, so a cash split took place instead). The total payout to all entities was around $10500.

The Kiwanis Club itself received $11,000 towards local scholarships, said Swennumson.

According to Ginny Munroe, president of the CBGC board, she and Culver town marshal Wayne Bean held a contest to see who could sell more tickets, with Munroe promising to cook a meal for a police department party if he sold more than she.

"Wayne rocked it," Munroe told club members. "He's so dedicated to the kids in our community."

She said the two of them sold 187 tickets collectively.

Pictured above are, from left, Swennumson, Bean, Sellers, Sam Bramfeld (representing the Lake Fest committee), Chamber president Dawn Brockey, and Kiwanis president Russ Mason.