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Winner drawn for Patriots ticket raffle fundraiser

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By: Alexandra Cowley

A lucky winner is going to the Patriots playoff game on Saturday. Their name was picked in a raffle for two tickets. It was a drawing to raise money for a Cumberland couple who lost everything in a house fire at Christmas time.

Dave Williams and his wife of Cumberland were the winners of the raffle. They were one of dozens who threw a hundred bucks into a hat, not only looking to get great tickets for a steal,  but to help out a family in their community who lost their home and animals in a fire.

The fire tore through the Diamond Hill home on December 17th, destroying the home of David and Marianne Alger. They lost everything, including their 2 dogs and cat.

Amy and Christian Neary knew the Algers, they helped with the construction of their home a few years back. Christian says Mr. Alger was the kind of nice person you never forget.

So, they decided to help the family get back on their feet by putting their season tickets for Saturday's playoff game up for grabs. On Thursday night, Christian and his 7-year-old son Aiden drew the winner.

Christian said, "We think that it's a good thing for them, it's a great example for our kids, and the community that you know it's not about us. The Patriots game is a great venue to go to, but at the same time, if we can help out a family in need it's the least that we can do."

The Neary's say about 30 people participated in the raffle, some just donated for the cause. In all they raised 3,500 dollars for the Alger family. Currently the Algers are living in a mobile home on their old property until they can rebuild the home they spent 33 years in.

While it is expected to rain for Saturdays game, the raffle tickets are conveniently under an overhang.

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