By Libby Rosequist
The North East playing cards are available now for purchase. These cards only come around once every five years. The decks of cards will be sold for $5 each.
The purpose of the cards is to reach out and help a nonprofit in need. All of the proceeds from the sale of the deck of cards will go to the selected nonprofit. This year the proceeds will be donated to the firemen’s Cherry Festival.
“They are a great souvenir to mark the 75th annual Cherry Festival and the departments celebrating 135 years of volunteer fire protection in the community,” said Chris Skrekla, lieutenant at Fuller Hose Co. No. 1.
The news-journal was aware of the issues surrounding this past Cherry Festival due to a fight breaking lose and a letter to the editor was submitted addressing the situation, and wanted to help the fire departments the best way they could.
The face of each card is sponsored by a local business giving them a customized design every year they are made.
“We are hopeful the cards will generate 10-12K for the Cherry Festival next year,” Skrekla said. “I am happy the journal is able to complete these various promotions to help out local nonprofits in our community.”
“I know the vital role the fire departments play in our community as a first responder myself, Skrekla added. “This donation will assist the departments with making needed equipment or apparatus purchases as they rise in the community.”
The playing cards were started back in 2014 to help Downtown North East and gathered enough attention to continue again this year.
If interested in purchasing the playing cards they can be purchased at the News-Journal office. If paying by check make the check out to the North East Fire Department. Other locations will be announced soon.