‘Community Chest’ tickets sold out

If you haven’t got your ticket yet for the fifth-annual “Community Chest” benefit dinner coming up this Sunday at La Place Rendez-Vous, you’re out of luck.
“We’ve sold out,” said Georges Blanc, who helps organize the dinner as both co-owner of the Rendez-Vous and a member of the local Knights of Columbus.
“It’s very encouraging to see that,” he added. “And we’ve got some new people buying tables that we haven’t seen before, like the Red Hat Ladies and the Business Women’s Network.
“It should be good.”
Blanc noted 24 of the 28 tables at the benefit dinner were bought by business and organizations while the rest will be made up of individuals who purchased tickets.
Last year’s benefit dinner drew 262 people and brought in $16,200.
Organizers are hoping the community continues to be as generous as it has in past years because more and more people are finding out about the “Community Chest” and using the fund.
Blanc noted the “Community Chest” signed 130 cheques last year, totalling almost $49,400 in aid.
Its coffers were bolstered last year by $2,600 in donations from Wal-Mart and $22,000 raised through the fundraising campaign spearheaded by local Canada Safeway employees, he added.
This year, the funds for the “Community Chest” will have to be raised almost exclusively at Sunday night’s dinner.
The dinner once again will feature both live and silent auctions, as well as door prizes. Luke Schill, Alan Zucchiatti, and Larry Cousineau have rounded up 75-80 items for the evening, Blanc noted.
Telford Advent will get the bids going during the live auction while Cousineau once again will emcee the event.
Although there won’t be a guest speaker this year, local resident Lauren McCoy is slated to share a few words on the value of the “Community Chest.”
Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6.
All of the food served is donated by the Rendez-Vous’ suppliers to reduce costs and thus maximize proceeds while the staff there donate their time to work that night.
The benefit dinner is a co-operative effort of the Rendez-Vous staff, the local Kiwanis and Lions clubs, Knights of Columbus, and the “Spirit of Christmas” committee.
The purpose of the “Community Chest” is to provide financial aid to local families who may need help to cover medical costs.