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Gift basket raffle raises $155,000 for Sun Santa

2019 Sun Santa check presentation

Lowell General Hospital’s annual gift basket raffle to benefit the Lowell Sun’s Sun Santa drive was another huge success, raising more than $155,000 for the newspaper’s holiday effort to help families in need around the holidays.

This year’s raffle included 29 gift baskets put together by departments across Lowell General Hospital, with values ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Highlights included technology items, money trees and even a new snow blower. 

Jody White, President and CEO of Circle Health and Lowell General Hospital, served as emcee for the annual drawing on Wednesday, December 11, for a standing-room only crowd at Clark Auditorium on the hospital’s main campus. 

“This event is not just about winning prizes – it’s about helping families in need over the holidays,” White said. “We believe the best way to care for this community is by working together, and our annual partnership with the Lowell Sun has paid incredible dividends for the families who need it most this time of year.”

Staged each year since 2004, the gift basket drive has grown from a small event raising a few thousand dollars to a week-long event that sells tens of thousands of tickets in person and online. The hospital’s annual donation is the biggest single contribution to the Sun Santa Fund each year. The fund, started by the newspaper in 1988, distributes the money to needy families through gift and food vouchers across 23 communities with the help of The Salvation Army and Community Teamwork, Inc.

This year’s raffle winners are (all winners have been notified):        

Backyard Fun – John Wojciechowski

Best in Snow – Gerard Languirand

Outdoor Fun – Sheila Rozumer         

Christmas Tree – Mary Carroll          

Tool Time – Joe Gagnon

Get Cookin’ – Marie Wetherbee        

Shop Till You Drop – Colleen Jaynes

A Winter Wonderland Getaway – Kay Halligan        

Merry RXmas – Lisa Estrella 

Window Shopping – Sara Cappello   

Buon Natale – Sharon           

Take a Shot – Norman Giguere

Dinner on Us – James McNamara

Taking the Pressure Out of Cooking – Sherry Lavigne

Self Care Basket – Paul Balakin

Bottoms Up – Kimberly Calhoun

Holiday Spirit Wine & Dine – Laura Sievert

I See Inside You! – Sary Suon

Under Pressure – Deisamely Kay     

Dashing to the Show – Roger Landry

Trending Basket – Sandra Littlefield  

Baking for the Holidays – Joanne Adamson

Countdown to Christmas – Peter Regas

Merry Techmas – Judy Akers

Smart Home for the Holidays – Jodi Nugent

“Apple” Basket – Phillip Millward

Money Cake – Deb Dailey

A Shopping We Will Go! – Dawn Vachon     

Santa's Stash – Mike Cast Room

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