For over 20 years, Long Beach nonprofit Steel Magnolias has come to the aid of the Stramski Children’s Developmental Center, helping to raise nearly $6 million for the special needs center at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital.
Having to forego their annual fundraising event for a second year, the volunteer-led nonprofit is instead hosting a series of smaller fundraisers, including the “I Love Long Beach, A Shoportunity Supporting Kids & Community,” to help raise money for the center which serves children with behavioral and development challenges such as autism and Fragile X Syndrome.
As an added incentive, all 50 members of the Steel Magnolias purchased, out-of-pocket, $5,000 in gift cards from local restaurants and retailers that will be awarded to six recipients who donate to the “I Love Long Beach” fundraiser. Each of the six winners, selected at random, will receive $750 in gift cards from various businesses such as the Naples Rib Co., The Crooked Duck, Twig & Willow and The Wine Country.
“We didn’t expect our local restaurants and retailers to still be hurting a year later,” President Denise Dahlhausen said in a statement. “We rely heavily on the generosity of our local community. With that said, we felt it necessary to once again support those who have supported us—the restaurants and retailers—especially during these very challenging times.”
To be considered in the drawing, patrons must purchase a $100 ticket to the fundraiser. Those who spend an extra $25 (so, $125 in total) will be eligible for an extra prize of a floating pizza party for six with Gondola Getaway if their ticket is pulled in the drawing.
Tickets are on sale now until Thursday, April 15 and may be purchased via check by mail or by phone, click here for more information. The drawing will take place on April 16 with winners notified by April 20.
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