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Annual chefs’ dinner in the works

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After staging a second successful “Chefs’ Charitable Dinner and Auction” back in January, the local Alzheimer’s Society once again is planning a fundraiser with the focus on food.

Margaret Schonewille, executive director of the Alzheimer Society for the Kenora/Rainy River districts, said Monday she’s already started organizing the dinner, which is slated for Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Adventure Inn. It will start at 5 p.m.

Schonewille said last year’s dinner netted more than $5,000 and generated quite a bit of positive feedback—spurring her on to hold it here for a third year.

It’s been a very successful event in Kenora for the past eight years.

Schonewille also is in the process of getting area chefs and food suppliers lined up.

So far, she said she’s talked to chefs from La Flambée and Lee Gardens about lending their culinary expertise. The menu will be announced once she know who’s on board.

“There are a number of people who are chefs or caterers out there who can get involved. We got some calls from people last year and that was great,” she noted, adding she’s probably not aware of all the chefs and caterers in the area.

“If they want to get involved, we’re more than happy to take them. We can help them promote their business,” Schonewille added.

Any chefs or suppliers who want to contribute to the event are encouraged to contact her at 1-800-682-0245.

As well, any individual or business wanting to donate auction items for the dinner should get in touch with Schonewille, who noted she’s open to just about any items they want to donate, whether they’re merchandise, crafts, or even gift certificates.

Schonewille also will need volunteers to help serve dinner. Those interested can call the toll-free number above.

Tickets for the dinner will be available soon.

Once again, you will be able to pay for them via cash, cheque, VISA, or Mastercard. They cost $50 each (which includes a $25 receipt for tax purposes).

Schonewille noted the tickets make great Christmas presents. The chefs’ dinner here has been sold out the past two years.

< *c>Other fundraisers

In related news, on the Saturday before the chefs’ dinner (Jan. 19), the local Alzheimer Society will hold the Linda Johnston Memorial roast beef dinner in Rainy River.

It will take place at the Rainy River Legion and be dedicated to Johnston, the “backbone” to past Alzheimer fundraiser dinners in Rainy River who passed away earlier this year.

Tickets for that event will cost $12 each.

Schonewille also said she’s planning a “Penny For Your Thoughts” weigh-in here Jan. 18-19, and that people should start gathering up those pennies in anticipation of donating them and possibly winning a prize.

The penny weigh-in will be held at Canadian Tire.

As well, Schonewille said a fourth-annual book sale will be held at Revco Carpet on Feb. 7-9.

She asks that those who have books they’d like to get rid of should wait and save them now in order to donate them to the book sale in the new year. Book donors can drop them off at Revco starting Jan. 21 (but not beforehand, please).

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