‘Community Chest’ tickets for raffle selling well

While tonight’s Super 7 jackpot is $30 million, your odds of winning are a lot better if you buy a ticket on a chance to win $100 in groceries every week for a year in support of the “Community Chest.”^Tickets still are available at Safeway for the fundraising raffle, with the draw being made there tomorrow at 5 p.m.
“I was in Safeway just the other day and they said the tickets are about 75 percent sold,” noted Georges Blanc, a member of the “Community Chest” committee.
“There’s still two days to go, so I’m hoping they sell out. There’s usually a last-minute rush for them,” he remarked, adding a similar draw held two years ago sold out on the day of the draw.
The second- and third-place winners will get $500 and $300 worth of groceries, respectively.
Tickets cost $5 each, with a total of 3,000 having been printed.
They are for sale today at the customer service counter at Safeway, and will be sold near the store’s entrance tomorrow by “Community Chest” volunteers.
Meanwhile, the “Community Chest” is looking to raise more money to provide financial aid to local families who may need help to cover medical costs at its annual benefit dinner coming up a week from Sunday (Feb. 8) at La Place Rendez-Vous.
Blanc noted tickets for this also are going fast, with more than 200 already sold. The Rendez-Vous can seat a maximum of 275.
“A lot of companies have purchased whole tables. I’d say about 75 percent of the tickets have been bought that way,” he said.
“I think we’re going to be sold-out again.”^The benefit dinner is slated for 6 p.m., with cocktail hour starting at 5.
The dinner is a co-operative effort between the “Spirit of Christmas” committee, the local Kiwanis and Lions clubs, and Knights of Columbus, and the Rendez-Vous staff.
The benefit dinner once again will feature both live and silent auctions, as well as a plethora of door prizes. Telford Advent has donated his time to be the auctioneer for the fourth year in a row.
Former mayor Glenn Witherspoon will be guest speaker this year.
Larry Cousineau, who also will emcee the event once again, and Alan Zucchiatti have been busy rounding up items donated by local businesses and individuals.
Tickets for the dinner, which cost $25 each or $250 for a table of 10 (which can be reserved in advance), are available at the Rendez- Vous, Cousineau Brokers, and Rainy Lake Realty.
While you can’t get a tax receipt for the meal tickets, you can get them for cash donations, which are more than welcome, Blanc stressed.
All of the food served is donated by local businesses and individuals to reduce costs and thus maximize proceeds. And Rendez-Vous staff donate their time to work at the dinner.
Last year’s dinner brought in about $15,000.