By PETE FONTAINE If you're planning a vacation, think about taking in the 34th annual Cranston Greek Festival, which will open a three-day run on Friday, Sept. 6, on the grounds of the Church of the Annunciation at 175 Oaklawn Ave. Sometime around 8
If you’re planning a vacation, think about taking in the 34th annual Cranston Greek Festival, which will open a three-day run on Friday, Sept. 6, on the grounds of the Church of the Annunciation at 175 Oaklawn Ave.
Sometime around 8 o’clock on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 8, a lucky person will win a unique travel voucher worth $5,000 that includes airfare and hotel – or a cruise – to anywhere in the world when festival officials draw the winning ticket for the Greek Orthodox Church’s annual raffle.
All a person has to do is purchase one raffle ticket for $20 – or three tickets for $50 – to win the travel voucher, which has been designed exclusively for the Cranston Greek Festival raffle by Global Excellence Travel of Warwick. The package also comes with no expiration date or blocks.
There are, however, several stipulations that go along with winning the prize.
First, the winner must be 18 years of age or older to purchase a ticket. The winner must present wining ticket with valid ID to claim the prize and the gift certificate cannot be used for airfare only.
Moreover, the travel voucher may not be redeemed for cash. Any amount over the $5,000 package will be the responsibility of the winner.
“Everyone here at Church of the Annunciation is excited about our special raffle package,” said Theofanis “Frank” Markos, who has chaired the festival for many years. “Personally, I’d love to win the prize.”
People may purchase tickets at Church of the Annunciation or by calling 942-4188. They will be also on sale during the festival as Global Excellence Travel, located at 20 Veterans Memorial Drive in Warwick, has a special booth set up.
The agency is owned by Maria Dodson, Diane Plante, Dianne Miguel and Patricia Pillay, and this marks the travel groups first-ever project with Church of the Annunciation.
“Hey, maybe the winner will want to go to Greece,” Markos mused. “I know where I’d go if I win.”
Markos, whose committee has worked tirelessly to present the three-day festival, also announced event’s official hours. They are Friday, Sept. 8, from 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 7, from noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 8, from noon to 9 p.m.
“We’re hoping to break all previous attendances records,” Markos said. “We’ll have plenty of our famous pastries and Greek foods for everyone. We invite people to come and enjoy our cultures and heritage and take a chance or two on winning the $5,000 travel voucher.”