NORTH AURORA – The North Aurora Firefighters Association’s annual turkey raffle helps bring the community together, organizers said.
"People have made it a tradition, and we are certainly glad for that," said Lt. Alex Pepper, of the North Aurora Fire Department.
The turkey raffle will be from 6 p.m. until midnight Nov. 22 and Nov. 23 in the fire department’s apparatus/storage and maintenance building, just north of the main fire station, 2 N. Monroe St., North Aurora
For more than 50 years, the firefighters association has hosted the event, which itself gives back to the community. The event only seems to grow in popularity, Pepper said.
"The support from the community is unbelievable," he said. "We pack the house full both nights. I see a lot of familiar faces each year."
During the raffle, firefighters will sell raffle tickets. Firefighters will spin a wheel, and if a winning number comes up, that person can choose between frozen turkeys, hams, trays of steaks and pork chops.
There will be a grand prize cash drawing on the second night, as well as progressive cash drawings both nights. The event raises money for several community activities and groups, such as Operation Christmas, the North Aurora Pet Parade, the North Aurora Mothers Club, North Aurora Lions Club and the North Aurora Baseball Association, along with education programs and scholarships.
Last year, the raffle raised between about $13,000, Pepper said.
Tickets for the grand prize drawing are $10 each and are being sold in advance by any of the North Aurora firefighters or at the fire station.
Information is available by calling the fire department at 630-897-9698.