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Extraordinary Generosity Highlights Wilmette Optimist Annual Raffle

 | Published on 1/18/2012



P.O. Box 8051

Wilmette, IL 60091




Jim Olsztynski



Paul Knobel




January 13, 2012





Extraordinary Generosity Highlights Wilmette Optimist Annual Raffle


WILMETTE, IL – The Wilmette Optimist Club raised $17,865 for local charities and youth programs in its annual winter holiday season raffle, held December 6, 2011 in conjunction with a dinner at Hackney’s on Lake in Glenview.


A surprise outcome included Ben Klimesh donating $500 of his $2,000 grand prize back to the club, and second-place winner George Pearce giving back $200 of his $500 winnings. Both philanthropists explained their generosity by citing good works done by the Wilmette Optimist Club through its youth-oriented programs.


Ticket prices for the raffle drawing were $100 and featured a grand prize of $2,000, second prize of $500 and ten $200 prizes. Tickets entitled buyers to admission to the annual dinner, which also required a contribution to the Wilmette Optimist Club’s annual Toys for Tots campaign in conjunction with a local branch of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

The winter raffle, along with a summer golf outing, are the Club’s primary means of raising funds for scholarships and other youth-focused activities. The Club’s charitable endeavors are detailed at There you will also find information about signing up for the Club’s 2012 Golf Outing.


The Wilmette Optimist Club is part of Optimist International, one of the world’s largest service club organizations with 107,000 adult and youth members in 3,400 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico and throughout the world. Carrying the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Kids,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about Optimist International, please call (314) 371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at


Founded in 1923, The Wilmette Optimist Club is one of the oldest affiliates of Optimist International.