SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP – Over 350 guests from the area came to the Saybrook Banquet Center on March 4th for the 15th annual Geneva-on-the-Lake Police Department Auxiliary reverse raffle fundraiser to help raise money for the auxiliary officers needed to help out during the busy summer season at Ohio's first summer resort.
The main board for the event had a take-home prize of $2,000. Side board were also available with $1,000, $500, $400 and $300 prizes for $10, $5, $4 and $3 tickets, respectively.
“Our police department is very small,” fundraising committee member Lisa Bruckman said. “It consists of five full-time and four part-time officers, along with two canine units, who are focused on retaining a fun, safe, family-oriented environment for visitors and the community all year long.”
GOTL Village Police Chief Tim Bruckman said his department uses the proceeds from the reverse raffle to help defray the expense incurred by the 17 auxiliary officers needed principally during the busy summer season at Geneva-on-the-Lake.
“We raised about the same amount we almost always do at this thing,” Chief Bruckman said. “It was about $10,000, but we still haven't tallied everything up yet.”
Five ticket-holders teamed up to split the $2,000 main board – taking home $400 a piece at the end of the night.
A silent auction accompanied the raffle, with two dozen or so items for bid, donated by individuals and firms from around Northeast Ohio, such as a one night stay at the Lodge and Conference Center at Geneva-on-the-Lake, a neon Bud Light sign, a Labatt Blue bar mirror, a pair or Ruger rifle magazines and a concealed-carry permit class on offer, among other items.
The big draw for the night was a drawing for a Smith & Wesson Military and Police-model nine millimeter semi-automatic pistol. Only 108 tickets were issued at $10 a piece.
An open bar loosened up the already informal mood – members from several local motorcycle clubs rubbed elbows with business owners and county elected officials to the strains of classic rock anthems such as Brownsville Station's 1973 classic, “Smokin' in the Boy's Room.”
Dinner was buffet-style, prepared by Saybrook Banquet Center, and featured a choice of meatballs, baked chicken, macaroni and cheese, au gratin potatoes, salad and dessert, as well as soft drinks to accompany the beer and wine from the bar.
Chief Bruckman helped implement the reverse raffle 15 years ago when he became police chief and the event is the biggest police fundraiser of the year.
Pictured are Geneva-on-the-Lake Police Patrolwoman Katie Mabry (left) and Lisa Bruckman (right), two of the volunteers at the Geneva-on-the-Lake Police Department Auxiliary reverse raffle at the Saybrook Banquet Center on March 4th. Mabry and Bruckman sold 108 tickets for the most popular silent auction item of the night, a Smith & Wesson M&P nine millimeter pistol.