MARQUETTE — It’s an event that truly makes the U.P. the U.P. – buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a gun. The fifth annual Shriner’s Sportsman’s Raffle was held Saturday afternoon at the Masonic Center in Downtown Marquette.
Each raffle ticket came with a price tag of fifty dollars for a chance to win a weapon that’s well worth more than the price of the ticket. Over five hundred tickets were sold.
Proceeds from the raffle will go towards transporting U.P. children to and from hospital visits. The Ahmed Shrine says this fundraiser is a hit for everyone involved.
“This is one of the biggest fundraisers that we have. This gun raffle is fantastic. We don’t ask for anything. If you have a child that needs care, we take broken children and make them whole again. We give them an opportunity to be the same as we are. It will bring tears to your eyes. There’s no better feeling in the world,” said Gerald Girard of The Ahmed Shrine.
From handguns to shotguns, all of the firearms raffled off were purchased from Wilderness Sports in Ishpeming after Gander Mountain, the former fundraiser gun provider went out of business earlier this year. Weapons were raffled off every six minutes.