Tupper wins Sturgis Crisis Intervention Shelter Service raffle

Winner of the custom rifle raffle from the Sturgis Crisis Center was Justin Tupper, accompanied by Ashley Rennie, executive director, and Erin Burke, shelter manager. Courtesy photo

STURGIS — The Sturgis Crisis Intervention Shelter Service raffled off a custom rifle to raise funds for victims of domestic and sexual violence. The funds raised will be used to obtain items such as: driver’s licenses, birth certificates, personal hygiene products, other necessities, and starter items that help those in need obtain new, safe, and stable homes. 

“These funds will make an impact in the community by helping victims of domestic and sexual violence who are fleeing for their safety,” said Ashley Rennie, CISS executive director. 

Justin Tupper, of St. Onge Livestock, said, “You are April Foolsing me!” when he answered the call. Since the drawing was on April 1, he believed it was a prank. 

“We would like to thank Patrick Auer and Dakota Custom Rifles for teaming up with us to bring in such a unique and successful fundraising event to our shelter and our community,” said Rennie.   

“Our ultimate goal for a fundraiser like this and its publicity is to bring attention and awareness to shelters like ours and give a voice to victims of domestic and sexual violence,” Rennie added.  

CISS is a nonprofit corporation established in Meade County in 1991. Its primary purpose is to assist, shelter, and support victims of domestic and sexual violence.

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