PRINCETON — Employees at Allegion/LCN Closers put the fun in fundraising just before the holidays.
And this time around, the Second Story Teen Center in Princeton was the beneficiary to the tune of $2,900, which was presented to the teen center earlier this week.
Various departments at Allegion/LCN created themed gift baskets, then employees bought raffle tickets during the week of Dec. 16-20 for $1 apiece, or six for $5, and the tickets were then placed in collection envelopes associated with whichever basket someone wished to win.
The baskets were displayed in a conference room so everyone could stop by and get a good look at them before deciding which ones to try to win.
The drawings took place Dec. 23, and lucky employees departed with baskets they had just won.
“Our employees team up together and decide on a theme of what they want to make for their basket, so then they collect money, and they’re in charge of one certain basket,” Jamie Smith, human resources training coordinator, said.
Among the themes of the 14 baskets: Gone Fishing, Rhythm City Casino gift certificate, Lotto Tree, Saturday Night Veg Out, Picnic, Pets, Pokemon basket, Fit or Fat, Raking in the Cash, Holiday Baking, Gather Round the Campfire, Feel Good basket and Date Night.
Ruth Sims, Allegion/LCN’s total productive maintenance coordinator, described the drawing day this way.
“People gather around, so they’re excited about which basket they’re going to win, we do the drawing, and then they get to take their basket home for Christmas or to give away, and then all the proceeds from the raffle tickets goes to Second Story this year,” she said.
It’s not just employees who get into the act. Businesses around the area donate prizes that are included in the baskets.
Among the businesses that donated were Wyanet Locker, Giacometti’s in Ladd, the Bureau County Metro Center, Crossfit, Anytime Fitness, Prime Quarter, Park Tavern, Grandma Rosie’s, Paisano’s Ristorante, Los Ranchitos, and Myrtle’s Cafe and Pie.
Allegion/LCN has done the holiday basket fundraiser project for about 10 years, with raffle tickets being sold only to employees. Sims noted that two employees bought $100 worth of tickets apiece in support of the cause.
Employees also learned a little more about Second Story, a teen center in Princeton that aims to offer young people of Bureau County (grades 6 to 12) a sense of purpose and acceptance by providing an inclusive social atmosphere.
The center offers free after-school programs twice a week, serving 50 to 100 children each night and an estimated 8,000 teens a year.
Attendees receive a healthy meal and participate in supervised activities. The center also offers a pantry where low-income youths can receive free food items, hygiene products, outdoor clothing and other basic needs.