$50,000 up for grabs as part of United Way of South Mississippi’s Nifty 50 Raffle

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We could all use an extra 50 grand, couldn’t we? It may sound out of reach, but you may just have a shot at winning the money while helping people right in our local community.

It’s all hands on deck as workers and leaders with the United Way of South Mississippi go full speed ahead with this year’s Nifty 50 Raffle and there’s a lot at stake.

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Tickets cost $100 and there are a lot of prizes, fit to suit anyone’s palate, besides the $50,000 grand prize up for grabs in this year’s raffle. United Way of South Mississippi CEO Kathy Springer said, “Who doesn’t want a gallon of gumbo from Mary Mahoney’s. I know I do, so we have that up. We have some fine dining options up also, and condo stays. You can have a great staycation right here on our Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

Springer says it’s a great investment for our local community with 99 cents on every dollar going directly to South Mississippi nonprofits and organizations who are trying to fill the gap for unexpected costs from COVID not built into their budgets. “Just this year, we have put about $290,000 into community resources to help those affected by COVID for medications, housing and utilities assistance, and basic needs. We had a very successful school supply drive. Those school supplies went to all those school in the counties we serve.”

You have until October 27th at 5 p.m. to purchase your ticket for the drawing on October 28th. “Tickets are $100 each. All you have to do is text nifty50 – no spaces, to 91999, and the form will work. If you prefer to come by our office, we’re right here in the Knight Non-Profit building here in Gulfport off Seaway Road. You can come in and buy it in person. We’ll bring one to you. It couldn’t be easier to buy a ticket. You could log on to www.unitedwaysm.org, and follow the campaign link right to Nifty 50, and you can get your ticket there.”

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Toni started at WXXV News 25 in December of 2013, just three months after the news was launched. She has served as Assignment Editor, anchored for nearly two years, worked as a reporter for several years and hosted Coastal Connections for more than four years. Toni graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was editor of the Student Printz. She then did an internship on Capitol Hill, working for a U.S. Senator, then returned to Mississippi as a reporter at WDAM in Hattiesburg. After that, she moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, working as a reporter for FOX 25 in Biloxi, then crossing city lines to work at WLOX-TV news in Biloxi, starting out as a producer, then working as a photographer, reporter, weekend assignment editor and weekend anchor. She was among the station team that won the Edward Murrow and Peabody awards for coverage during Hurricane Katrina. Toni moved to the Lone Star State where she worked as the morning and noon anchor, investigative reporter and live shot reporter for KZTV Action 10 News, then KRIS TV News in Corpus Christi, Texas. Toni moved back to the Magnolia State to be with and take care of her family, working as a multi-media journalist and fill-in anchor at WDBD Fox 40 news in Jackson. After almost completing a second degree in filmmaking at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Toni transitioned back to news at News 25. Toni is blessed to have a wonderful support network of close family, friends and mentors, and she hopes to pay it forward. She has a three-legged chiweenie named Rocky Balboa because of his fighting spirit. She loves writing and has completed a novel that has been adapted into a screenplay, and has just finished another screenplay called "Delta Rose." She's currently working on a new legal thriller called "Fall From Grace." Stay tuned.... If you’d like to book a live in studio interview on News 25 Today, just email: tmiles@wxxv25.com. These interviews can have up to two guests, last about two minutes and showcase community events, non-profit organizations and things of interest to people in our area…and they’re FREE! Just send information about your event, including date, time, location, contact number and/or website for viewers wanting more information, along with the proper name and titles of the person or two people who will be interviewed, and Toni or producer Porsha Williams (pwilliams@wxxv25.com) will get back with you via email in a timely manner to book a date. Typical interview times are daily at: 5:45, 6:45, 7:45 or 8:45 am. Guests are asked to arrive about 30 minutes beforehand. You can also ask about booking a live shot on location for news events for our 6 and 7 am newscasts. We look forwarding to having you!

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