The Heritage Association will hold a 1920s-themed raffle

HILLSDALE – The Hillsdale County Heritage Association is holding its first Great Gatsby 1920 reverse raffle on Saturday, October 29.

The raffle will take place at the historic Dawn Theater in downtown Hillsdale beginning at 6 p.m.

Connie Sexton, executive director, event organizer and co-founder of the association, said she came up with the idea for the event in the spring.

“I was looking to bring something new and exciting to Hillsdale as a fundraiser,” Sexton said. “While I was at the grand opening of the Dawn Theater in February, many women wore flapper headbands, including myself, and lo and behold, a new fundraiser was born.”

Tickets are still available for the event. Sexton said only 225 tickets are available, each costing $50.

Sexton said the community response has been great so far.

The raffle is a fundraiser to help the association with one of their many community beautification programs.

“The fundraiser is to help fund the 2022/2023 Jonesville Historic Walk Destination Mural,” Sexton said.

The mural will be placed on the exposed side of the Edward Jones Building in Jonesville. The mural is expected to be completed in early spring 2023.

At the event, the association will also announce its 2023/24 plan for Hillsdale.

Participants have the opportunity to dress in all the most representative styles of Roaring Twenties fashion.

Many other events will also be available.

“Come join us for a fun night inspired by the 1920s Great Gatsby nightclub with live music and dancing! Appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages and a cash bar will be available,” a statement from association.

Prizes will be awarded, with the first recipient receiving $1,000. Other drawings, prizes and door prizes will also be available to participants.

To purchase your ticket for the event, email or contact Connie Sexton at

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