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Miss Dixie Gem sponsors raffle

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Proceeds to benefit two separate local charities
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John Emory, Dixie Center for the Arts board member, left, and Joe Price, executive director of the Miss Dixie Gem Peach Pageant, right, holds up the framed tiles being raffled off by Miss Dixie Gem Peach 2016 Anna Blake.

The Dixie Center for Arts and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will be the beneficiaries of a raffle sponsored by 2016 Miss Dixie Gem Peach Anna Blake.

Two sets of ceiling tiles salvaged from the Dixie during the last renovation have been refreshed and framed, she said.

“We are raffling off ceiling tiles that are from the Dixie Center for the Arts from the last renovation they had,” she said.

The tiles are from around 1928, and tickets are $5 a piece.

The proceeds go to benefit Children Miracle Network Hospitals, Blake said.

Tickets can be purchased at the Dixie, the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce or on Blake’s Facebook page.

The framed pieces are approximately 55-by-32 inches.

The idea for the raffle came from a friend, Blake said.

“I have a good friend who knew about the tiles, and thought that it would be a really cool idea if someone could renovate them and hold a raffle,” she said.

“We just decided that we wanted the proceeds to go to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals because it is a partner with The Miss America Organization and all of the contestants raise money for it.”

The drawing for the tiles will be held on Friday on K-Peach Radio, she said.

“I think this is a really cool piece of Ruston history that will stay with you forever,” Blake said.

“It is such a beautiful peace, and it is neat to have a piece of Ruston history.”

Blake also encouraged people to get involved with the Miss Dixie Gem Peach Pageant.

“The Peach Pageant will be held June 11,” she said, adding that there will be a competition for younger girls, teens and adults.

“It is a really great organization, and I would encourage anyone who is interested to participate.”

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