Safeway raises more than $50,000 for ‘Community Chest’

While the final numbers still were being crunched Monday, it looks like local Safeway employees managed to raise more money than ever for their chosen charity for this year.
Store manager Mike Scott said it’s clear the employees have raised a total exceeding $50,000 following the final fundraising event Friday—the draw for a new Ford Mustang convertible.
“It was a good year. Last year was good, too, when we came in at $38,000 [for the local Friends of Animals],” he noted. “But $50,000 is pretty remarkable.”
The local store already received a trophy as the top fundraiser in its division—which includes 87 stores in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northwestern Ontario—during an company event in Winnipeg a few weeks ago.
The car was won by Maureen Weeks of Kelowna, B.C., who is the niece of Verna Roy. She bought the ticket while visiting family here this past summer.
“When I talked to her [on the phone after the draw], she said she just bought the ticket to support a good cause. She was in shock,” said Georges Blanc, a member of the “Community Chest” fundraising committee and co-owner of La Place Rendez-Vous.
He added Weeks will be flying in to claim her car and visit with family before she drives it back.
Blanc noted he was thrilled to see Canada Safeway bring in such a great fundraising total.
“I can’t thank Canada Safeway, the employees, and the management staff enough for their efforts,” he enthused.
“And I have to give a big thank you to the local Knights of Columbus, Lions, Kiwanis, ‘Spirit of Christmas,’ and the staff at the Rendez-Vous for all their work they’ve done.
“Without the help of these people, this wouldn’t have been possible,” Blanc stressed, noting volunteers spent the past 40 weekends selling tickets for raffles at Safeway.
Other fundraising efforts for the “Community Chest” included barbecues and other raffles in January and the spring—one featuring a grand prize of $100 in groceries every week for a year and the other a barbecue and patio set.
And a “Family Fun Run” in late August saw about 40 people walk for the cause, raising about $4,000 in pledges.
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, for which it which receives requests on a “regular basis,” said Blanc.
“As far as I am concerned, you never have enough money in the kitty when it comes to something like this,” he noted.
And without Safeway, the “Community Chest” will continue to fill that pot, with its next two fundraising events being the “Spirit of Christmas” in late November and the annual dinner in January.
Safeway employees adopted the “Community Chest” as their charity for 2002 last November.
Scott said employees will take a few weeks’ rest from fundraising, and likely won’t start talking about which cause to support next year until November.

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