The 17th annual Rootstown Rover Reverse Raffle-Silent Auction-Vegas Night had all 300 tickets sold as members of the All-Sports Booster Club welcomed hopeful winners to Immaculate Conception Hall in Ravenna.
After the doors opened at 5:30 p.m., everyone enjoyed a meal catered by Siciliano’s before people supporting Rover athletics played games of chance, participated in raffles and listened intently as numbers in the reverse raffle were called leading to the big winner of the evening.
Keith Waesch, Rover athletic director, emcees the event every year, calling out names and offering sympathy to those eliminated from the drawing in the early hours.
Members of the sports boosters keep everything moving, including selling tickets for gift baskets and encouraging bids for silent auction items.
Silent and live auction items were the centerpiece of the event as the proceeds of several live auction items went to benefit the soon-to-be-formed Doug More Scholarship in honor of the longtime coach and teacher.
DeAngelis Heating and Cooling was the first-time official sponsor of the reverse raffle.
"There were numerous generous sponsors," said Waesch. "It was great."
The final reverse raffle prize was shared by five ticket-holders who donated the money to scholarship funds or the Booster Club.