Tickets selling fast for ‘Chest’ dinner

Those planning to attend the eighth-annual “Community Chest” benefit dinner coming up Sunday, Feb. 17 had better buy them sooner than later because tickets are going fast.
“Ticket sales are going good, but there’s still some tickets left at the Rendez-Vous,” noted Larry Cousineau, adding La Place Rendez-Vous—which once again is the site of the dinner—is the only place to buy tickets this year.
A total of 200 tickets have been sold as of this morning, meaning only about 70 are left.
Tickets cost $30 each or $300 for a table of 10. They are available at the Rendez-Vous, where they can be reserved by calling 274-9811.
(While you can’t get a tax receipt for the meal tickets, you can get them for cash donations made to the “Community Chest”).
A perennially-popular event that raises tens of thousands of dollars each year to help district individuals and families with medical bills, Cousineau said the evening once again will feature good food, community spirit, and plenty of chances to win prizes and bid on items.
“We’ve got some excellent door prizes and auction items already,” he noted, adding Anne Zucchiatti and Luke Schill have been rounding these up.
Those who want to donate auction items or prizes to the “Community Chest” dinner can contact Zucchiatti (274-8537) or Schill (274-6235). These can be donated by individuals, businesses, or groups, and can be new or homemade.
Cousineau will be emcee once again while Wayne Woods, CEO of Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc., will be the guest speaker this year.
There also will be an update on “Community Chest” activities for the past year, such as how much money they’ve raised and dispersed, and how many people they’ve helped.
Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m., with dinner to follow 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 donates their time to work that night.
The Muskie cheerleaders also will help serve that evening.
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. On average, the committee allocates $50,000-$60,000 a year helping those in need.
Last year’s dinner was a sold-out event, raising $20,600 for the charity.