Raffle being held for one of PPD’s own

The City of Pearl, in conjunction with the Pearl Police Department (PPD), is currently hosting a raffle for one of their own - a PPD officer. The officer and his family are currently faced with costs associated with a daughter’s cancer treatments. Since the child’s diagnosis in July, and with the best treatment options at St. Jude in Memphis, the expenses continue to pile up.

The original idea of a fundraiser sprang from a group of city shop staffers and fellow PPD officers who wanted to ease the financial burden for the family in some way. The idea culminated in early fall as a carwash fundraiser at Autozone in Pearl. These efforts alone were able to raise a little over $3,000.

Encouraged by the success, they saw the need to continue, and the idea of the raffle was established. As they began to reach out to local businesses, the city shop employees swiftly secured several local sponsors, including Code4 Custom Firearms, Sam’s Club, NAPA Auto Parts, S&E Towing, Southern Connection, J’s Auto Glass, Advance Auto Parts, Thomas Quality Tire, Affordable Forms and Supplies, and Revell Hardware.

The day of the raffle drawing has since evolved into a full day of family-friendly activities, free to all, including a fish fry and a car show, weather permitting.

According to Greg Flynn, the Communications and Public Information Director for the City of Pearl, the hope is that this fundraiser will assist in funding ongoing travel expenses associated with the three-hour drive from Pearl to Memphis, plus room and board for the family,

“Medical insurance, for now, is doing great…[so] it is all of the side expenses… the wear and tear on private vehicles, gas, lodging, meals…they are counting every single penny, quite literally.”

Raffle prizes to be awarded include an AR15 rifle, Glock 43 handgun, Grill Expert gas grill, Blackstone griddle, and tool kits, to name a few.

The drawing will be held Saturday, December 18, at 1 p.m. at PPD. Tickets may be purchased at the City Clerk's office in City Hall or the PPD. The cost is $10 per ticket, and there is no limit to the number of tickets a single individual may purchase. Tickets will be sold up to and during the day of the drawing. Regular donations will also be accepted on the day of the drawing. Raffle winners do not have to be present to win.

Flynn also says that the City will gladly receive any local business interested in donating time, money, or resources; “we would absolutely welcome them.”

For more information, contact the City of Pearl’s mainline at 601-932-2262, or email Greg Flynn at gflynn@cityofpearl.com.

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