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The Huntsville Metropolitan Kiwanis Club believes in building big projects for the children of our community.

After spearheading the $850,000 EveryBody Can Play playground and adjoining Splash Pad at Brahan Spring Park, the Metro Kiwanis Club is ready for its next project – a brand new, state-of-the-art branch of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library.

The new $8.4 million library will be a 40,000-square foot facility at the site of the former Grissom High School on Bailey Cove Road.

The project has garnered the support of Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Huntsville City Schools, Madison County Commissioner Phil Riddick and Commission Chairman Dale Strong, just to name a few.

Chairman Strong recently announced he was committing $100,000 from his operations budget to the capital campaign. Commissioner Riddick, who has championed the project since its inception four years ago, said that brings the fundraising campaign to the $1,000,000 mark.

Adding in $2 million from the City of Huntsville and an additional $2 million from Madison County, campaign organizers are 60% of the way to the goal.

Still, we have a long way to go before construction begins in 2017. That’s when Grissom High School moves to its new site off South Memorial Parkway.

The Metro Kiwanis Club has stepped up and pledged to raise $75,000 over the next five years for the new library.

So, we need your help.

For the past 22 years, Metro Kiwanis has held a $100 a ticket raffle to raise money for our community projects. This year’s raffle will be held on Monday, September 25th, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles building on the corner of Bob Wallace and 10th Street.

Each ticket allows two people to attend the fundraiser and have a buffet dinner. The dinner will be available from 5:30pm to 7:00pm and the raffle will begin at 6:30pm.

Eight games of bingo will be held during the raffle with the winners claiming raffle tickets.

Only 300 raffle tickets will be sold with the winner walking away with $10,000. You don’t have to be present to win. All proceeds, after expenses, will be for the new library and our other Kiwanis charities.

Please make checks out to: Metro Kiwanis Foundation, Inc. The Metro Kiwanis Foundation, Inc. (Federal ID 63-1271860) is an IRS Approved 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation and all donations are fully tax deductible.

You can obtain tickets to the Charity Party from your favorite Metro Kiwanis member or by phoning/texting Ted Buckner at (256) 457-0575 (cell) or by e-mail to Ted@TRBEinc.com

Please visit our website MetroHsvKiwanis.portalbuzz.com, read about the Charity Party and our community projects, and consider contributing to our fundraising efforts.

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