By Marblehead Village Council Member Angie Kukay and Marblehead Police Chief Greg Fultz
Marblehead Police Department Association and Peninsula Youth Athletic League are jointly announcing their 1st Annual Reverse Raffle to be held in the spring of 2014. The Marblehead Police Association is a not-for profit association that operates off of funds through donations and fundraisers. Monies received are used to hold events such as the Annual Village Christmas Tree Lighting and the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. At both events, presents and prizes are given out to community children. The association normally budgets approximately $1000 per event. Additionally, association monies are also used to help off-set the department’s annual village budget. The association can purchase equipment used to help aid in law enforcement. Plans are that the upcoming Reverse Raffle monies will be used to purchase Automated External Defibrillators for each officer. Currently the department only has one unit. Each unit runs anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000. This lifesaving equipment is a must since the police are typically first on scene and have saved lives using this unit in this past. The Police Association has also used funds to purchase uniform clothing, light bars, radars, computers, and drug and alcohol enforcement equipment.
The Marblehead Police Department consists of three full-time officers and three part-time officers. Our Police Department provides 24/7 coverage all year with this limited manpower. Since half of our force is part-time, our officers donate a lot of personal unpaid time to the department to ensure the safety, health and welfare of the village residence. Additionally, the village prides ourselves on having a very community oriented police department by offering programs such as our Senior Watch where we check our elderly residents every day. Our residents also depend on our department for a daily house watch for when they are out of town for the season. Proudly, our Police Department participates in various events held in the village annually. Examples of this include the Marblehead Summer Fest, Lakeside Daisy 5k Run, Peninsula Perch Fest, Memorial Day Ceremonies, Halupki Fest, Johnson Island Annual Yard Sale and local Wine Tasting Events. Our officers have also judged the Boy Scout’s Cake Bake and local Chili Cook-offs. On many occasions you will not only see our officers in a police car, but in a snow plow truck helping our street department to keep the village roads clear for our citizens and guest. Our Police Department gives 110% to our community and now it’s our time to support them in this fund raiser effort.
For this event, the police have partnered with the Peninsula Youth Athletic League with the proceeds to be equally divided. The Peninsula Youth Athletic League reports this reverse raffle will help offset their organization’s cost such as league fees, equipment, and insurance for children to play. Both organizations need our local support to make this event a true success.
When: Saturday, April 26th, 2014
Location: St. Mary's Social Hall
506 East Main Street, Marblehead
Doors Open at 4:30 p.m.
$100 donation includes prime rib or chicken dinner and entry to the Main Board Raffle
Extra meal tickets are available for a $20 donation.
Also available: Side boards, Silent Auction, 50/50's, Bingo and Gun Raffles and more
Grand Prize $10,000 Cash. No need to be be present to win.
Please contact our Village Police Department or a member of the Peninsula Youth Athletic League to purchase your ticket now.
Your support for both organizations is sincerely appreciated and will truly benefit our community.