Downtown group holding raffle


BEACON FALLS — The Citizens for Tomorrow’s Downtown is holding a free raffle as a way thank a dozen local businesses that have been participating in the organization’s  electricity supply fundraiser.

A couple of years ago the group, a non-political, civic-minded organization that focuses its fundraising efforts on beatifying downtown, partnered with the New Haven-based, energy broker Globele Energy for a fundraiser. The way the program works is area businesses and residents sign on with Globele Energy to be their energy supplier, and the group receives a small donation for every kilowatt of energy used.

Rick Cherhoniak, co-chair of Citizens for Tomorrow’s Downtown, said the group has raised about $2,000 a year through the fundraiser. The money raised will go towards building a brick tower with a small waterfall and bench on either side of the tower at the end of the nearly-complete streetscape project downtown, he said.

Cherhoniak said the group has partnered with Park Pals to build the tower.

A dozen businesses — Ace Auto, Beacon Falls Bakery, Beacon Falls Market, Beacon Falls Pizza Palace, Fitzgerald Automotive, Full Harvest, Gabe’s Mobil, Kelli’s Kuts, Subway, XpressMart, Beacon Beer and Beverage, and — signed up with the group to do the electric supply fundraiser. In order to thank these businesses, Cherhoniak said the group decided to hold a free raffle for Beacon Falls residents in which 12, $50 gift certificates, one each to the above businesses, will be raffled off.

Cherhoniak said the group is planning to hold the drawing during a grand opening ceremony of the streetscape, which has yet to be scheduled. He said officials are hoping to hold the ceremony during Family Fun Day July 7.

Residents must be at least 21 years old to enter the raffle. For more information or to enter the raffle, visit