PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- The city's Festa Italiana has lots to offer, including plenty of food, live music, games and rides. And this year, it will also offer a 50/50 raffle.
The event, the largest Italian street festival in the county, will return to Brown Street from Aug. 10 - 12. It is being held as part of the Catholic Church's Feast of the Assumption.
Instead of offering a new car, this year the planning committee has decided to hold a 50/50 cash raffle. Tickets are on sale now through Sunday, Aug. 12. The raffle will raise money for the Assumption School, which festival organizer Frank Cimino said has played an important role in the history of the city.
"Look at all the alumni that came out of Assumption - people like Don Bertollini, John Testa - there's a hundred of them out there that are still local," Cimino said. "Look at what this Catholic education has done to raise these people who have done good in the community."
Cimino said his goal is to sell 3,000 raffle tickets.
"If we sell them all out, then $30,000 goes to the winner, and $30,000 goes to the school," Cimino said.
Tickets can be purchased from the Church of the Assumption, the church rectory, parents of students of the Assumption School, Festa Italiana 2012 planning committee members, Assumption School Cub Scouts, or at the information booth at the Festa Italiana. The cost of each ticket is $20, and all checks should be made payable to Assumption School.
The raffle winner will be drawn on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 4 p.m. at the Festa event stage on the corner of Brown and Division Streets. The winner need not be present.//