‘Community Chest’ walk slated Sunday

As part of a final push to raise money for the “Community Chest” as its charity for the year, local Safeway employees are holding a fundraiser walk this coming Sunday (Aug. 25). 
While all the details are in place, organizers still are working hard to drum up interest in the event, said Safeway employee Michelle Mosley.
“I have no idea how many pledge forms are out there,” she noted. “This is the first time we’ve tried this. I hope it catches on and becomes an annual event with our charities.”
The walk will start at 1 p.m. at Canada Safeway and end at La Place Rendez-Vous via Front Street. Participants will be greeted at the Rendez-Vous with a complimentary barbecue lunch.
Everyone is welcome to participate, with pledge forms available at Safeway and the Rendez-Vous.
Mosley noted there’s plenty of incentive for people to get involved. There will be prizes for the top three fundraisers, including a digital camera and DVD player from Sight & Sound, a La-Z Boy chair from Green’s Countrywide Furniture & Appliances, and a $150 gift certificate for La Place Rendez-Vous.
T-shirts also will be given to those who get garner more than $100 in pledges, while all participants are eligible for draw prizes.
“We’ve been really appreciative of what Safeway’s done and how the community has supported us,” said Georges Blanc, one of the “Community Chest” members and co-owner of the Rendez-Vous.
In related news, some tickets are still available for the “Community Chest” raffle for a 2002 Ford Mustang convertible, said Blanc, noting the draw will be made Sept. 27.
Tickets cost $20, which are available at Safeway’s customer service or from “Community Chest” partners.
And despite adverse weather, a fundraiser garage sale held Satruday raised $474 for the charity.
The “Community Chest” committee is comprised of volunteers from the local Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, the “Spirit of Christmas,” and the Rendez-Vous.
Its purpose is to provide financial aid to local families who may need help to cover medical costs. Blanc noted the money raised by events like the annual fundraiser dinner in February is going to good use.