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'Chest' dinner is now sold-out


Those wanting to attend the seventh-annual “Community Chest” benefit dinner this Sunday (Feb. 18) at La Place Rendez-Vous had better have their tickets already as the event is sold-out.

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 the last 15-20 tickets were sold by yesterday morning—meaning there will be a full crowd of 275 people at Sunday’s fundraiser.

Blanc noted everything is in place for the annual benefit dinner. “We’re looking for a good crowd and a highly-successful evening,” he remarked.

The perennially sold-out fundraiser normally brings in between $16,000 and $18,000.

Two guest speakers—Susan Martin and Ian Strain—have been confirmed for the dinner, with Larry Cousineau acting as emcee once again.

As in the past, the dinner will feature both live and silent auctions, as well as raffles. The auctioneer will be Gerry Jolicoeur of Rainy River.

Alan Zucchiatti and Luke Schill have been rounding up items for the auctions. These can be donated by individuals, businesses, or groups, and can be new or homemade.

Those who still want to donate auction items or prizes to the “Community Chest” dinner can contact Zucchiatti (274-8537) or Schill (274-6235).

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 donates 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.

The charity usually spends between $50,000-$60,000 a year helping those in need.

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