Tickets for ‘Community Chest’ dinner now on sale

The sixth-annual “Community Chest” benefit dinner is coming up Sunday, Jan. 29 at La Place Rendez-Vous, and organizers once again are hoping to raise lots of money to help district families facing medical expenses.
Georges Blanc, who helps organize the dinner as both co-owner of the Rendez-Vous and a member of the local Knights of Columbus, said this morning that tickets are starting to sell.
“We’ve probably got 150-175 sold out of 275,” he noted.
Tickets, which cost $25 each or $250 for a table of 10 (which can be reserved in advance), are available at the Rendez-Vous and Cousineau Brokers.
(While you can’t get a tax receipt for the meal tickets, you can get them for cash donations made to the “Community Chest”).
Blanc also noted there likely will be a guest speaker for the dinner, but that person still is being confirmed.
The dinner once again will feature both live and silent auctions, as well as door prizes.
Blanc said Alan Zucchiatti, Larry Cousineau, and Luke Schill are rounding up items for the auctions. These items can be donated by individuals, businesses, or groups, and can be new or homemade.
In the past, donated items have ranged from blankets and quilts to carvings, furniture, and painted mailboxes.
Those who want to donate auction items or prizes to the “Community Chest” dinner can contact Zucchiatti (274-8537), Cousineau (274-9891), or Schill (274-6235).
Telford Advent will get the bids going during the live auction while Cousineau once again will emcee the event.
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 Legion Ladies Auxiliary, 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.
“We’ve probably spent in the neighbourhood of $50,000 in the last 12 months helping people in the community and the vicinity with medical issues or problems,” noted Blanc.
The annual dinner usually brings in between $15,000 and $18,000.
In related news, the “Community Chest” and Canada Safeway raffle will be held that evening.
The grand prize is $100 in groceries a week for a year ($5,200), with second- and third-place prizes of $500 and $300, respectively, in Safeway gift certificates.
Tickets for the raffle will be on sale each Friday and Saturday at Canada Safeway until Jan. 29. They cost $5 each.
For the third time in five years, the “Community Chest” was chosen in late October to partner with the local Canada Safeway store for its 2005/06 “We Care” campaign.