Raffle raises $7,800 for family who lost home to fire

By Michael Howlett

March 7, 2014

Jamie and Angela Rotenizer have been the recipients of much kindness since their home burned on Jan. 20, but maybe none more so than that of Mike Turman and the Turman Group, which recently presented the couple with $7,800.

Ricky DeJesus, who works with Jamie at Turman’s Saw Mill, oversaw the sale of raffle tickets for an AR-15, a lightweight, 5.56 mm/.223-caliber, magazine-fed, air-cooled rifle, which resulted in the large donation.

“Before my dad passed away, we raffled off tickets, and it went real well. So, I thought I’d do the same thing for (Jamie),” said DeJesus. “The tickets went really fast, and a lot of people helped.”

“Everybody has been unbelievable,” said Angela. “2014 wasn’t too friendly to begin with, but, knock on wood; it’s getting to be much better.”

Angela went on to say that Gretchen and Scott Lawson of Servpro in Pilot Mountain, N.C., cleaned what could be salvaged from the fire for free and that a Zumbathon was held by the Carroll Wellness Center to raise money for her and Jamie.

Jamie added that “churches and people we don’t even know” have come forth with donations.

Cavan Carlton of Lynchburg won the raffle for the AR-15, which was sold to Turman’s at a discount by Old Lodge Armory in Willis.

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