A and E excited for Chokecherry

By: 
JENNY GESSAMAN
Reporter
The Lewistown Arts and Entertainment District Association shared a hopeful outlook for their upcoming fundraiser during Friday’s monthly meeting. The Chokecherry Raffle, taking place at its namesake festival, will draw for eight different prizes at the close of Chokecherry weekend.

“Sales are good,” President Patty Thompson said. “I’ve run out of tickets [to sell.]”

Thompson reported roughly $2,400 in ticket sales so far, and hoped the number would grow as the festival approaches. The raffle’s success created an obstacle, though.

“We’re just about out of tickets,” she said. “We need about another 150 tickets. I have some more commercial contacts I’ll be making.”

Association members agreed to purchase another batch of tickets before the event.

In other business
• President Patty Thompson reported the Lewistown Arts and Entertainment District Association has a bank balance of $4,751.44, with $87.38 plus several postage stamps as petty cash.
• The Association discussed the frequency of its certificates of merit. The award recognizes businesses that maintain clean exteriors, front and back. Some members were worried increased frequency would devalue the certificates as awards. No decision was reached, and the topic was tabled.
• Thompson updated the Association on assigning parklet ownership to the City of Lewistown. She said the City agreed to become the owner of the physical parklet if the Association managed its location and upkeep. The next phase of drafting legal papers had just started, according to Thompson.
• After the resignation of their vice president, the Association agreed to select any needed officers and define their responsibilities at the next meeting.

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