Cash Raffle

Dear Friends,

Since its inception in 2001, Friendship Centers of Emmet County’s Cash Raffle fundraiser has grown into an annual celebration, thanking our supporters as we work hand in hand to help all senior citizens thrive. This celebration has been a favorite for our friends and has included entertainment, food and drinks, good company, and cash prizes.

While great plans for the 20th Annual Cash Raffle were instore, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s event. While we have contemplated many options, it is difficult for us to justify having a large fundraiser when a majority of our staff is on furlough, the buildings are closed to the public, and we cannot provide baths for seniors who need them, congregate services, or foot care clinics. We care about your safety and our community. Seniors remain the most vulnerable to COVID-19 and have the highest mortality rate among those infected. For this reason, we are charting our course very carefully. We are developing a phased approach to restoring services, activities, and events to ensure the safety of seniors and staff.

We’d like to thank you for supporting Friendship Centers of Emmet County, Council on Aging. We are grateful for everyone who has bought tickets and for all of the businesses that have donated to this event over the last nineteen years. We look forward to hosting the 20th Cash Raffle in September 2021 and trust that you will continue to support our mission to ensure that all senior citizens have the opportunities, information, and services necessary to live healthy, safe, and active lives in dignity.

Please stay safe, and feel free to contact us with any questions you might have at (231) 347-3211 or

Denneen Smith
Executive Director

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