The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


August 29, 2013

Stanly County Chamber sees record crowd at reverse raffle

Thursday, August 29, 2013 — The Stanly County community showed up Saturday night in favor of its business community, as a record attendance was generated for the Chamber of Commerce’s reverse raffle.

“This year’s reverse raffle and auction was the most successful event in our history,” said Tom Ramseur, who retires at the end of September after eight years as president and CEO of the Chamber.

“It raised the most funds for the Chamber’s programs while being the best attended and providing the best entertainment, fun, food and fellowship.”

The big draw for the reverse raffle was cash prizes of $3,000, $1,000 and $500, plus other prizes such as gift certificates from local businesses.

Winning the top prize was Albemarle fire chief and Albemarle Sweet Shop owner Shawn Oke. Coming in second was Terry Blue, formerly of Albemarle Police Department and now employed with Storm Technologies. Bill O’Neal, an auctioneer and instructor for the Carolina Auction Academy at Stanly Community College, drew third place.

“I want to commend all of our committees, Chamber ambassadors and staff for their many hours of planning and executing the event, but particularly Vicky Smith, event chair, and Stephanie Gresham, Chamber vice president, for their leadership and guidance,” Ramseur said.

“The diligent efforts of all, plus the support of the folks who bought tickets and auction items, enable the Chamber to fulfill their goals and budget for many of our economic development and community development programs.”

Smith thanked the businesses that donated items for the silent auction at the event.

“Without their support, this event would not have been as successful,” she said.

“We also would like to thank Stanly Regional Medical Center and Chef Tim Burnett for graciously donating their facility and food services.”

To submit story ideas, contact B.J. Drye at or (704) 982-2121 ext. 25.


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