Raffle will award choice of Paxton home or $100,000 in cash

By DIANE PERKINS
Ford County Record correspondent


PAXTON — A chance to win a house and help support the pro-life movement is being offered in Paxton through early June.

Baby’s Voice, a pro-life organization, decided to raffle the house after one of its members felt called to do something with the pro-life movement.

“Kimberly (Taylor) and three other women formed Baby’s Voice,” explained Mary Kirin, raffle manager. “She was planning on putting her home on the market. It was suggested, since her house was so nice, that they raffle it off as their first fund-raiser.”

The house is located at 203 E. Patton St. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom house includes an additional lot with a three-car garage. Tickets went on sale Jan. 1 with the grand prize drawing scheduled for noon June 4 at the Patton Street location. Only 3,000 tickets are available for the raffle. The winner may take possession of the house or choose an alternate prize of $100,000.  Seventeen other cash prizes will also be given away that day.  Winners do not have to be present to win.

Tickets cost $100. Entry forms are available at the group’s website, babys-voice.com, or at Kirin’s State Farm office at 143 N. Market St. in Paxton.  Entries can also be obtained by calling 217-202-7277. Entries must be received by May 31 and can be mailed in or dropped off at the Market Street location. The raffle is sponsored by the St. Mary Council of Catholic Women.

The house raffle will help fund Baby’s Voice’s plans to make the public aware of pro-life issues.  Kirin suggested to Baby’s Voice that putting pro-life billboards along Interstate 57 be the first step in meeting the group’s mission to voice educational efforts on respecting life from the moment of conception. The group’s first phase, which includes the billboard project, is called “GOD is pro-life, for sure.”

“We have always tried to make sacrifices and stuff for the unborn,” said Kirin. “I felt like I was being called for something and (Taylor) was, too, and we started talking. I have quite a large family and they are all pro-life also. We had been traveling to Missouri every month to a shrine down there. They have pro-life billboards all over the place, but once you hit Illinois you don’t see any.”

Based on the success of the raffle and other fund-raising efforts, the next phase Baby’s Voice hopes to tackle is educating youth on respecting their own lives as well as those of the unborn. The third phase involves helping women during pregnancy and finding adoption alternatives.

“We’re very excited and are really hoping for doing what we want to do,” Kirin said. “We hope to sell out the 3,000 tickets so people will see Baby’s Voice out on Interstate 57 and up and down 57 and all over the place.

“We’re doing this for a good cause and to make people aware that not all of us are for that (abortion) even though our country allows it.”

More information on the raffle or on Baby’s Voice can be found at babys-voice.com.

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