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BY: Mike Pidanick, Metro Source | April 05, 2012

CLARENCE - The first three years of the Clarence Senior Center's annual raffle have been a success. Organizers are hoping for similar results this year.

"The last couple of years, we had 200 baskets," executive director Karla Madrid said. "So we're expecting the same this year, or even more."

The fourth annual Basket Raffle and Barbecue Dinner is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at the center, which is located at 4600 Thompson Road in Clarence.

Chicken and pulled pork barbecues will be available for dine-in or take-out. Dinners include a roll, potato salad and cole slaw. Beverages are provided for dine-in orders only.

The pre-sale cost for the event is $8.50 and the deadline to pre-order is April 20. Order form are available at www.clarenceseniorcenter.org or at the Senior Center.

The price for walk-in customers will be $9.50 and a limited number of meals will be available at the door. Admission to the event is free.

The basket raffle will begin at 2 p.m. You do not need to be present to win. For Senior Center members, there will be a basket raffle presale from noon to 4 p.m. from April 24 to 27.

Baskets will include gift certificates and other items. Themed baskets will range from sports to gardening to cleaning and more.

"We have every kind of theme," Madrid said. "Wow, there is a very wide variety. And all these items are donated."

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Meals on Wheels and Rural Transit. The rest will go towards the Senior Center for the activities and programs available at the center. Some of those activities include everything from fitness, dance, ceramics and woodworking classes to cards, shuffleboard, pool and other games. Day-trips are also given around Western New York.

The Center has more than 1,200 members. Anyone age 55 and older that lives in Clarence, owns property in the town, lived in Clarence for at least 10 years or pays Clarence School taxes is welcome. Membership application forms are available in the office and the yearly membership dues at $10.

The basket raffle is just one of the fund-raisers the center holds to raise the funds needed for these activities and classes.

“It’s a lot of work,” Madrid said with a laugh. “But it's very rewarding when it's all over. It's a big thing for us."

There’s more to come. The Flea Market and Baked Goods Sale is coming up on June 9.

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