A former Corry woman won the 29th annual car/cash raffle held Thursday Dec. 5, by the Zonta Club of the Corry Area.

The raffle and dinner were held at the Corry Moose Lodge 98, 332 E. Washington St.

Diane Root won the $10,000 grand prize. Zonta President Sandy Crowell sold Root the winning ticket. Root was not present for the drawing.

Root, who now lives in Erie, was a second-grade teacher at the former Wright Street school in Corry.

Root said winning the money was a Christmas miracle.

“I need a new roof and had received an estimate that day for $11,000. I didn't know what I was going to do,” Root said. “Then Sandy Crowell called and informed me I had won the $10,000 from Zonta. I had tears of joy and now will be able to have a new roof in the spring. Thank you, Zonta."

In addition to the $10,000 grand prize, 25 ticket holders had their names drawn and won back the $100 cost of their ticket. Those ticket holders are: Bill Nichols, Bob May, Kelly and Charles Snyder, Kelly Davis, Tom Wolf, Jim and Bev Burton, Theresa Van Cise, Gerry Piemme and Bruce Mick.

Also, Kirk and Greg Zeaman, Annette Flick, Missy Lindstrom, Alex Gernovich, Candise Aultz, Phyllis Maloney Nelson, Cindy Swart and Jason Eastman.

Also, Becky Barstow, Joni Rugar, Bonnie Dundon, Winnie McGuire, Mary Matheson, Blaine Boleratz, Connie Maryott and Terry Black.

The event also featured a buffet dinner, two 50-50 raffles and a gift auction.

Other money raised from ticket sales, the gift auction and 50-50 raffles benefits local nonprofits, scholarships for graduating seniors, an adult scholarship administered through the Corry Higher-Education Council and other projects Zonta supports to help women in underprivileged countries.

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