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August 2, 2012

Help Lazarus House for chance at Fenway luxury

Drawing to be made at Dylan's on Park Street

Andover residents have a change to win a special night at Fenway Park, all for offering some support for Lazarus House in Lawrence.

Lazarus House Ministries is holding a raffle where someone will win a private luxury suite for him or herself and 17 friends, limousine service to the game and a $1,200 food and beverage allowance. The game is Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 when the Boston Red Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays.

Longtime Andover resident Leo Bernard had the winning ticket last year.

“As my dad came into the family room, I knew he had something important to say; he had won the Lazarus House Red Sox Luxury box tickets,” said Betty Desjardins, who joined her dad at the game.

“I was happy for him as he does many wonderful things for others and now something nice was happening to him. The next few days were filled with excitement as he made a list of those he would like to invite to join him. With each phone call his smile grew larger and larger,”she said. “Once we arrived at the park, some folks enjoyed the activities on Yawkey Way and others went to the luxury box. We were able to watch the final field preparations, several ‘first pitches’, the singing of the national anthem and finally, ‘Play Ball!”

There will be no more than 750 tickets sold with a selling price of $100 each. (The winner pays less than $6 a ticket for this fun event, according to Lazarus House.)

The drawing for the Red Sox prize will take place on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. at Dylan’s Bar & Grill, on the second floor at 22 Park St. in Andover. The winner of the raffle does not need to be present at the event to win. To learn more about the raffle and purchase tickets go to lazarushouse.org/red-sox-raffle-tickets or contact the svent manager at 978-269-5206.

Lazarus House, a spiritually based organization, opened its doors 29 years ago, as a five-bed emergency shelter for people who are homeless and the working poor. Today, it provides a soup kitchen, food pantry, emergency and transitional housing, thrift stores, advocacy, English as a Second Language and life skills education, and work preparation.

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