Holiday raffle benefits COTS

The winner of the antique hand painted wooden sled will be drawn on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 4 pm at the Old Brick Store in Charlotte. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Committee On Temporary Shelter.

By Sheri Duff

Annually Charlotte residents Ted Roberts and Alexandra Lehmann have fashioned a holiday-inspired decoration to place in front of the West Charlotte monument. Last year’s effort, a doll size house made out of birch bark and nicknamed the Fairy House, created such a stir among community members who wanted to purchase it, the couple auctioned it off for charity. And a new tradition was born.

“I wanted to create something special that would benefit COTS again,” Lehmann explained. “COTS is something I feel strongly about,” she said matter-of-factly. “This year I hand-painted an antique wooden sled in vivid and dazzling colors to be auctioned off at the Old Brick Store. I really like the idea of helping to provide housing for those in need.”

The Fairy House raised $2,000 for COTS last year and Lehmann is optimistic that the sled she created and named, “Starry Night” will raise even more money for the non-profit organization this year. Interested donors may purchase raffle tickets at The Old Brick Store until Saturday, Dec. 22 at 4 pm when the drawing will take place. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. For more information about the raffle please call Alexandra Lehmann at 425-6336.

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