The Canaan Valley Women's Club conducted a raffle benefit this year for the Davis Thomas Elementary Middle School music program.
Beginning on Memorial Day weekend, the raffle tickets were sold at various places in the Tucker County community. Money paid for the tickets went toward the music program donation and first, second and third place prizes for raffle winners. On Friday, Nov. 9, a $1,250 check was presented to the band director, school principal and music students.
"We feel very passionate about the music program at the middle school," said Joan Armbruster, member of the Women's Club.
Davis Thomas Elementary Middle School music students surround the four adults pictured center, who are, from left, Katie Morvay and Joan Armbruster from the Canaan Valley Women’s Club, Heather Lantz, DTEMS music teacher, and Darla Rapp, principal of DTEMS. The Women’s Club presented a check to the music program on Nov. 9 after completing a raffle benefit in the school’s honor.
Her feelings were shared by Katie Morvay, a club member who also spoke with the Inter-Mountain.
"Everything they have now is wearing out," said Morvay, who desires to help the music program develop a solid base of materials and instruments.
The ladies from the Women's Club said a new chair carrier, for transporting folding chairs, was purchased with their donation.
They also said the remainder of funds is being saved for the future purchase of an electric piano. Morvay said a similar donation will be given to the school next year to further help purchase the piano, which is now monetarily out of reach for the school.
Raffle tickets were sold at this year's Leaf Peepers Festival in Davis and at the Thomas Shop 'n Save, who the Women's Club mentioned as being very supportive of their fundraising efforts.
John Robbins, of Gainesville, Va., won first place in the raffle. He received a lap quilt which was handmade by Armbruster. The quilt was done in an autumn motif and leaves are displayed on the front.
David Smigal, who lives in Canaan, took second place and won a Longaberger picnic basket filled with West Virginia memorabilia, including placemats, wine, honey, pepper jelly and a cookbook.
Kathy Simmons, of Davis, won a quilted table runner for winning third place.