DAMASCUS TWP—The annual Penny Social for Damascus Manor Community Center kicks off Saturday, September 9, starting at 4 p.m. at the center's location, 60 Conklin Hill Road.

According to Community Center President Michele Bennett, the event is traditionally well-attended, often leading to lines of eager ticket holders stretching out the door.

“I've never seen so many people,” she said.

Raffle tickets will be available from when the doors open and onward. $1 buys an envelope of 100 penny tickets for patrons to deposit in the main table containing an assortment of donated prizes from around the community.

Thirty door prizes will be given away throughout the night, drawn from this collection.

There will be two special tables set up with prizes over $20 and $50. These include things like gift cards to local businesses and larger donated items which are previously unused and donated specifically for the social.

Tickets for the $20 prize table are six for $5.

Tickets for the $50 prize table are three for $5.

The Penny Social will also feature a 50/50 raffle with ticket prices of three for $5.

Attendees are welcome to purchase as many sets of tickets as they please and place as many chances in each prize's drawing cup as so desired.

The drawing for all these prizes begins at 6 p.m.

Food and other refreshments will also be available from Damascus Manor's kitchen.

Things such as hot dogs,, soda, coffee, ice cream sandwiches and homemade brownies and cookies will be available for purchase for no more than $1 each.

“This is the number one fundraiser for the Community Center,” said Bennett.

She explained that families enjoy the social so much, they repeatedly return year after year.

Prizes available at the Penny Social are donated by members of the community.

Those with salable items looking to help out can drop off their donations Friday, September 8, between 9 ante meridiem and 7 post meridiem.

According to Bennett, the center was constructed by grant funding and is run solely through the grace of community donations.

It supplies a structure for community events such as the local food pantry and flu shots, and it can be rented for use by local organizations for meetings, events and demonstrations.

Working alongside the township, the Community Center is in the process of refurbishing the roof on the nearby Heritage Barn, an important glimpse into early farming life in the Damascus area.

Other upcoming events for Damascus Manor include their monthly meeting later in September, a pancake breakfast on Saturday, October 14, and their Halloween Trunk-or-Treat event the last weekend in October.

The Damascus area Historical Society will be presenting Centuries of Timber Rafting at the Community Center on September 26, starting at 7 p.m.

Special presenter for the eventing will be Jane Luchsinger.

Further information regarding these or any other events is available by calling Michele Bennett at (631) 521-1170.