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More than $1,000 in prizes in SPJ Madison holiday raffle

UPDATE: More than $1,000 in prizes

MADISON — The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, in conjunction with the state Capitol press corps, will hold its annual Holiday Mixer and Raffle on Thursday, Dec. 17.

The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Argus Bar, 123 E. Main St., just a block off the Capitol Square in Madison. All area journalists and journalism supporters are invited, and the event is free.

The party will feature a pot-luck meal, so please bring an appetizer, side dish, main dish or dessert to share.

Prizes include:

* $130 in gift certificates for Madison Originals restaurants, courtesy SPJ Madison

* two UW-Madison hockey tickets with access to a suite, Madison in Focus photography book, and a Phil Hands cartoon 2016 calendar ($150 value) courtesy Wisconsin State Journal

* two tickets to an American Players Theatre production and Book of Lore (minimum $110 value), courtesy, American Players Theatre

* two Isthmus Beer and Cheese festival tickets ($100 value), courtesy Isthmus

* Edgewood College gift package ($100 value), courtesy Edgewood College

* WKOW gift package, including Bucky Book and Chula Vista gift certificate ($80 value), courtesy WKOW

* $50 Brocach gift certificate, courtesy WORT

* three Capital Times hoodie/t-shirt packages ($50 value each)

* Wisconsin Public Television DVD package ($40 value), courtesy WPT

* Karben4 variety package, including growler, growler fill, t-shirt, pint glass ($40 value), courtesy Karben4

* 6-pack of craft beer curated by Beer Baron Chris Drosner ($40 value), courtesy Chris Drosner

* Signed copy, “Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story” by Madison author David Maraniss ($35 value), courtesy SPJ Madison and David Maraniss

* Coffee and mugs ($20 value), courtesy Dee J. Hall

* Various SPJ posters, glasses, and gear, courtesy SPJ Madison.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Simpson Street Free Press. SSFP is a Madison-based nonprofit that teaches reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Middle and high school students publish news articles on a variety of platforms.

SPJ Madison is seeking raffle items. Individuals and news organizations that wish to donate items for the raffle should contact SPJ Madison president Mark Pitsch at mpitsch@madison.com

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