Tickets running out for ‘Community Chest’ dinner

The fifth-annual “Community Chest” benefit dinner coming up Sunday, March 20 at La Place Rendez-Vous is shaping up to be another successful fundraiser to help district families with medical expenses.
“Things are going well,” said Georges Blanc, who helps organize the dinner as both co-owner of the Rendez-Vous and a member of the local Knights of Columbus.
“We don’t have a lot of tickets left. I think I’d be stretching it if I said we had 50 left,” he added.
Tickets, 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.
A total of 275 people can be seated at the dinner.
Last year’s benefit dinner drew 262 people and brought in $16,200,
Organizers are hoping the community continues to be as generous as it has in past years because more and more people are finding out about the “Community Chest” and using the fund.
Blanc noted the “Community Chest” signed 130 cheques last year, totalling almost $49,400 in aid.
Its coffers were bolstered last year by $2,600 in donations from Wal-Mart and $22,000 raised from the campaign with Canada Safeway, he added. This year, the funds for the “Community Chest” will have to be raised almost exclusively at the March 20 dinner.
The dinner once again will feature both live and silent auctions, as well as door prizes.
“We’re making some phone calls and have gotten a few things,” said Alan Zucchiatti, who once again is in charge of rounding up items along with Larry Cousineau and Luke Schill.
“But if anybody has anything they want to donate, they can contact me, Larry Cousineau, or Luke Schill,” he added, noting 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.
Although there won’t be a guest speaker this year, local resident Lauren McCormick will share a few words on the value of the “Community Chest.”
While you can’t get a tax receipt for the meal tickets, you can get them for cash donations made to the “Community Chest.”
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 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.