THUNDER BAY — Ticket sales continue, however the Fort William Rotary Club has suspended the open houses it runs in conjunction with its annual house lottery.
An open house scheduled for the weekend of Mar. 21 and 22 was the first to be affected by the suspension, which the club says will last for an indefinite period of time.
It said it was taking the step because of the COVID-19 situation, in the interest of the safety of its members, volunteers and the greater community.
Tickets for the $590,000 home in the River Terrace subdivision can still be purchased via mail-ins.
The Rotary Club also said it is working with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to explore alternate opportunities for ticket sales.
The winning ticket will be drawn on Canada Day.
Last year, the lottery raised $452,000 for a dozen Thunder Bay-area charities.
This year's recipients include the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Foundation’s Our Hearts at Home campaign, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Shelter House, the George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation, 70th Air Cadet Squadron, the Wilderness Discovery Camp, Christmas Cheer, the MS Society’s Lake Superior chapter and Roots to Harvest, among others.
More information is available on the club website at www.fwrotary.ca