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More Dreams Possible in This Year's Greater Farmington Area Chamber Raffle

The top winner, announced during Founders Festival, has more options in choosing a grand prize.

The dreams are getting bigger in this year's raffle.

Chamber director Mary Engelman said a 2012 Toyota Camry, sponsored by , has been added to the list of choices for the grand prize winner, announced during the Downtown Farmington Founders Festival next weekend. Other options include a 2013 Ford Mustang Convertible, sponsored by , a 2013 Buick Regal, sponsored by , his and hers Harley-Davidson motorcycles, from or $20,000 in cash. 

"Historically, most of the tickets are sold in the last few days," Engelman said, noting the chamber will be selling the $75 tickets at a booth during the festival.

The drawing will be held in the Alley Regalley tent, which will again be located behind Village Mall, just south of the Grand River/Farmington Road intersection. The low-key venue offers live music, fine food and wine and has become a popular spot for Chamber members. 

"Last year, I was amazed at how much networking happened over those three days," Engelman said. 

In addition to being a big fundraiser for the Chamber, she said the raffle fits with the business organization's mission of helping members "reach the audiences they need". The raffle also benefits both the after-school program and this year's selected charity, , which delivers sleep education to schools in metro Detroit. 

As of last Friday, just over 100 tickets were sold. Engelman said 450 must be sold, or the raffle becomes a 50/50, with the winner getting half the proceeds. In addition to the grand prize, other cash prizes are awarded.

Sales close July 21. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call the chamber, 248-919-6919. 

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