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South County Tourism Council’s Golden Ticket Contest Raises over $3,000 for local nonprofit


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For more information, contact: Alicia Johnson, phone: 401-213-6711 x300

South County Tourism Council’s Golden Ticket Contest Raises over $3,000 for local nonprofit

Charlestown, RI - Recently, the South County Tourism Council “Golden Ticket Getaway” contest raised over $3,000 for South County Habitat for Humanity. The non-profit organization has been operating in Washington County since 1990, and in doing so has served 119 families through the construction and renovation of affordable homes.

The council partnered with Hauser Chocolatier of Westerly to create milk chocolate bars with a specially designed wrapper, some of which contained winning tickets for two-night getaways, South County experiences and gift cards to South County restaurants or cafes.

“We are thrilled that our Golden Ticket Getaway raised over $3,000 for South County Habitat for Humanity. We believe in their mission and it’s our way of giving back to our local community. The Golden Ticket Getaway was designed to boost our local businesses in a slow time of year while generating interest in South County as a destination. Each year we purchase all the gift cards and hotel stays for the giveaway and choose a local charity to support with the proceeds from the sale of the candy bars” stated Louise Bishop, South County Tourism Council President.

Along with the council, other area businesses sold the chocolate bars including the Habitat ReStore in Charlestown. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 9AM-5PM, this home improvement store and donation center typically sells an ever changing inventory of new and gently used furniture, building materials, appliances and home accessories to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

The magic of South County Habitat is within its volunteer-based model. The organization builds homes with the help of over 500 volunteers annually. Homeowners are also required to invest 200-400 hours of their own ‘Sweat Equity’ into physically building their future home - and contributing toward the construction of others.

For more information about South County Habitat for Humanity please visit

About South County Habitat for Humanity

South County Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes, by advocating for fair and just housing policies, and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more general information, call 401-213-6711, or go to our website at



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