Gold ticket raffle and online auction for the benefit of Torch 180
September 29, 2021
By Mike Kruzman / [email protected]
An online auction with a special twist is being held to raise funds for a local nonprofit that provides a variety of services to residents of Livingston County in need.
Torch 180 was founded as a culinary training program for young adults with disabilities. The organizers secured the old Fowlerville Library building, then redeveloped it into a training center, restaurant and home base. It had been set up for a grand opening in April 2020, before the pandemic delayed it. Co-founder Rhonda Callahan said they are now working hard to get things going and are holding a special online auction fundraiser to support their efforts. She said they recently hired three students who will take their culinary apprenticeship program that they pilot. The hope is that they can become the ones who keep the restaurant open on weekends, allowing Torch 180 staff to bring in other people during the week to continue doing what they are doing.
The item auctions open on October 15, but Callahan said residents can enter a special raffle that could see them land a prize for a really good deal: the Golden Ticket raffle. Fifty raffle tickets are available at $ 50 each. A winner will be drawn and will receive their choice of 5 prizes not immediately included in the raffle. The Golden Ticket Raffle winner will be able to choose from an iPad, Boyne Mountain ski pass, 50 pounds of Brent Earl Farms beef, tooth whitening package, or a $ 300 Amazon gift card. The winning ticket will be drawn on October 18. Unselected items will then be auctioned for all to bid.
They will join prizes that include jewelry from Cooper and Binkley, a Waldenwoods membership, a Grand River Corn Maze and Haunted House package, gift baskets, expensive bourbon, and a student’s return from school in a truck. firefighters from the Fowlerville Fire Department.
For more information, including a link to register for the auction, visit https://www.torch180.org/torch-180-online-auction.html