Downtown Evanston is hosting a raffle to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now through May 30, buying a $10 tickets gains a chance to win $2,250 in gift cards from local shops. Two winners will be announced May 30 at 6 p.m. 

All ticket sales will be donated to Northwestern University’s LEND Evanston, an organization that provides zero-interest loans to small businesses.

Downtown Evanston raised $13,700 from its Evanston T-Shirt Fundraiser, which will also be distributed by LEND Evanston.

“As the business non-profit organization supporting Evanston’s downtown business community, we thought we would start a raffle that will not only help the business community but will be fun for residents and supporters of local businesses,” said Executive Director Annie Coakley, . “Plus, Downtown Evanston is purchasing the gift cards from local businesses, which provides financial support as well.”

Tickets are available online.

The gift cards will be from Accents Plus, Alley Gallery, Ayla’s Originals, Assembly Creators Market, Becky & Me Toys, Bookends & Beginnings, CloseKnit, Commonwealth Running, Egea Spa, Eve J. Alfille, FlowersFlowers, Kilwins, Saville Flowers, Wheel & Sprocket and Vintage Vinyl.

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