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 width=A local organization aimed at bettering the community is changing things up in the way they are able to garner funds to distribute out.

The Clinton Rotary Club for many years did a reverse raffle fundraiser that was a hit at first, but has slowed down in recent years. Because of that, Rotary President Bryce Lynch indicates they are turning to a fundraiser that will coincide with the NFL regular season, which gets underway Thursday (today).

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An organization the Rotary Club works with has provided the Rotary Club with "Football Mania" tickets, and Lynch explains it takes a random trio of teams on a card, and the highest and lowest point values for the three teams combined determines a sizable payout. Lynch notes, essentially card holders are purchasing rights to music downloads so the "football mania" part of the card is not considered illegal gambling.

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Because Rotary's goal in the community is to give back, Lynch notes they have specifically targeted a couple charities within the community for the money raised to go towards. This year they are donating money to Angel Tree, Right Stuff For Kids, Clinton Food Pantry and the Clinton YMCA among others.

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Their goal was $7-thousand, and they have already exceeded that total. Lynch notes, the money raised equaled more than from the reverse raffle.

Lynch adds, ticket holders can keep track of how well the teams on their ticket can do so by visiting www.charitymania.com.

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