Weeks of rain in the area has resulted in lower attendance at Sewanee’s Friday Nights in the Park and organizers will be postponing their reverse raffle to allow for more time for ticket sales. “Delaying the drawing will mean a larger purse for the winner and, more importantly, more support for the Community Action Committee, this year’s beneficiary of the raffle,” said John Goodson, president of the Sewanee Business Alliance, the group of Sewanee businesses that organizes the concerts. The winner of the grand prize for the reverse raffle will be chosen on Friday, Sept. 29 during the group’s annual AngelFest. The grand prize is half of all proceeds, up to $10,000. No more than 500 tickets will be sold.
The reverse raffle is organized by the Sewanee Business Alliance to support Angel Park and a local charity. Last year’s proceeds went to Housing Sewanee. This year’s recipient, the Community Action Committee, provides assistance for persons in crisis in the Sewanee community whether their need is food or short term financial assistance, and works to identify ways to break the cycle of poverty.
Raffle tickets can be purchased in Sewanee at the Friday Night in the Park concert, at the Blue Chair Café and Tavern, Locals, Woody’s Bikes, and University Realty and at .
The Angel Fest, also organized by the Sewanee Business Alliance, is held the final Friday in September. This year’s Angel Fest on Sept. 29, will feature Louisiana’s LeRoux, a seven-piece band out of Baton Rouge that has been firing up crowds with their Cajun mix of blues, R&B, funk, jazz, and rock since 1977. The celebration begins late afternoon with children’s games and vendors. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The reverse raffle drawing will take place during the concert.
Learn more about the Sewanee Business Alliance, Angel Park and Friday Nights in the Park at sewaneevillage.com/park/.