Fifth Annual Charity Raffle
Chet with tickets
200 raffle tickets already taken

2013 ticket
Tickets still available to boost scholarships, community service

January 8, 2013

The Fifth Annual Charity Raffle for community service and scholarships was opened today by Putnam Rotary during its weekly luncheon meeting in the First State Bank Community Room.

Only 500 tickets are being offered for three jackpot drawings: The first drawing for $500 is set for noon, February 12th; a second drawing for another $500 will be made on March 12th; a final jackpot drawing for $1,000 will be held on April 9th.

The raffle announcement was made by Chet R. Marshall on a pre-recorded video. "It's another opportunity to invest in the future of Putnam County," said Marshall. "The funds raised help Putnam students meet the costs of higher education and support a number of community service projects."

But the tickets in this round may be in short supply. Marshall reported that over 200 tickets have already been pledged or purchased.

Marshall, known affectionately as "Papa Chet" among an international circle of friends and acquaintances, is presently in Houston's MD Anderson Center preparing for surgery. "I wish I could be there with you," he said, "but I feel your prayers."


Just prior to today's meeting, he reported five more raffle tickets sold from his hospital bed in Houston.

Marshall organized the first Rotary Charity Raffle five years ago, about the time his struggle began with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer which affects the bone marrow, the body's blood-forming system.

In the face of his debilitating illness, Papa Chet has pushed an exhausting regimen of motivational speaking and writing. He has served as president of the Putnam Rotary group, and has been recognized seven times as a Rotarian Paul Harris Fellow. As a part of his continuing witness in adverse circumstances, Marshall provides a package of M&Ms candy (for, what else, Multiple-Myeloma) to each Rotarian at the weekly luncheon meetings.

The following activities have been supported in part by the annual raffle during the past year:

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