Ca­toosa County Libary hold­ing base­ball raf­fle

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY -

The Friends of the Ca­toosa County Li­brary is hold­ing a raf­fle for a base­ball signed by At­lanta Braves first base­man Fred­die Freeman.

Tickets can be pur­chased at the li­brary -- one for $1, six for $5, and thir­teen for $10 -- now through April 13 for the draw­ing to be held on Mon­day, April 17.

All pro­ceeds go to sup­port the ex­ist­ing Teen pro­gram and to help the li­brary launch a new pro­gram for Tweens, who are age 9-12.

“We’re very for­tu­nate to have such a great group of com­mu­nity mem­bers who ded­i­cate their time and en­ergy to sup­port the li­brary,” said Li­brary Direc­tor Richard Groves de­scrib­ing the Friends of the Li­brary. Founded in 1999 the groups has worked tire­lessly for years via fundrais­ers, seek­ing do­na­tions, and an on­go­ing book sale in the li­brary to sup­ple­ment li­brary fund­ing for pro­grams such as sum­mer read­ing.

The Friends of the Ca­toosa County Li­brary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so all do­na­tions are tax-de­ductible.

Youth Co­or­di­na­tor Shan­non Neal says of the Friends, “With­out them our sum­mer read­ing pro­gram and teen pro­grams would be much smaller, and we wouldn’t be able to be­gin to con­sider the weekly pro­gram we’re start­ing for mid­dle-school­ers.”

Fred­die signed the ball at this year’s Braves Spring Train­ing in Florida. Freeman and the Braves are look­ing for­ward to an­other great year of base­ball start­ing in April with the open­ing of their new sta­dium in Cobb County, SunTrust Park. Fred­die Freeman made his Ma­jor League de­but in Septem­ber 2010 af­ter be­ing drafted by the Braves in the sec­ond round of the 2007 draft. His awards in­clude 2010 In­ter­na­tional League Rookie of the Year and 2010 In­ter­na­tional League Post All-Star.

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