Proceeds from raffle to benefit Chautauqua Lake Association

LAKEWOOD – The Bemus Bay Pops announced that the Chautauqua Lake Association will be the beneficiary for its 2013 Crownline 21SS boat raffle this summer. Partial proceeds from the raffle will be awarded to the CLA to assist with maintenance and cleaning of nuisance aquatic vegetation on Chautauqua Lake.

The raffle begins this month and will continue throughout the summer with the winning ticket being pulled on Sept. 1 at the Aquapopsaloza event at the Bemus Bay Pops Floating Stage. The winner will have the option of a new 2013 Crownline 21SS boat or $20,000 in cash.

“The Bemus Bay Pops recognize the importance and effort required to keep our lake clean and maintained,” said Dan Dalpra, owner of the Italian Fisherman and founder/CEO of the Bemus Bay Pops. “The CLA has an enormous task maintaining our lake and in our effort to collaborate with other not for profit organizations, we wanted the proceeds to help that cause. This year, the crew at Bemus Bay Pops decided to focus our efforts on this important cause that affects us all,” Dalpra said.

“We’re very appreciative that the Bemus Bay Pops have chosen us to receive partial proceeds from their summer raffle,” said Doug Conroe, president of the CLA. “Every dollar helps, and in this instance every ticket sale will help.”

Tickets are available this summer at the Italian Fisherman, Century 21, Holiday Harbor, Hogan’s Hut and other locations to be determined.

The Crownline 21SS boat comes from Holiday Harbor in Celoron. The 21-foot boat comes fully equipped with a 4.3 Mercruiser-Alpha Drive engine, 102-inch beam and seating for up to 10 adults. The family boat is valued at $54,000 but tickets to win are only $10 a piece. Aquapopsaloza, the event where the boat winner will be drawn, is the annual end of summer party at the Italian Fisherman’s Floating Stage. Boats gather in the water with more visitors driving in from around the region to enjoy food, music and drinks throughout the night.

“We want to thank Mr. Charles Pringle and Holiday Harbor for their commitment to cleaning our lake and for providing access to this great boat,” Dalpra said. “Without them and our other sponsors this event would not be possible.”

Other sponsors for the raffle are the Italian Fisherman, Bemus Bay Pops, CLA and Century 21.

For more information about the CLA, visit the CLA on the web at www.chautauqualakeassociation.org or call 763-8602. To learn more about the Bemus Bay Pops coming events this summer, visit www.bemusbaypops.org.