Safeway to kick off fundraiser raffle

After adopting the local “Community Chest” as their charity for 2002 back in November, Canada Safeway employees here are starting their fundraising for the cause with a raffle.
With a grand prize being $100 in groceries every week for a year from Canada Safeway, assistant manager Cory Delbridge said Tuesday he’s confident the raffle will be a hit.
“It’s a great way to kick off the fundraising,” he Delbridge. “We’ve gotten great support from the community in the past so I expect we’ll see that again.”
Five more prizes of $500 in groceries also will be up for grabs.
Tickets, which will be available at Safeway and from Community Chest volunteers, will go on sale Friday. Cost is $5 per ticket, or $10 for three.
“We’re planning three major raffles this year,” noted Community Chest volunteer George Blanc. “We hope this one’s successful.
“I think it will be—people have said it’s a great prize.”
A total of 4,000 tickets have been printed.
Meanwhile, Delbridge noted the fundraising won’t stop with the raffle.
“We have other ideas for down the road but we figured we could start off the year with a bang with this,” he said, noting frequent barbecues surely will be held during the summer.
The Community Chest is a joint effort of the local Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, and “Spirit of Christmas” committee.
In related news, the next community benefit dinner is slated Feb. 10 at La Place Rendez-Vous. Tickets, which cost $25 each, are on sale at the Rendez-Vous, Bonnie Blue, and Cousineau Brokers.
The evening will include entertainment, as well as silent and live auctions. Last year’s dinner raised $15,000.