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LCBO helps United Way thanks to “Pick Your Poison” fundraiser

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Amherstburg LCBO employees got pies in the face, ate jalapenos, were shot with silly string and doused with water balloons last Friday.

And, judging by their reactions, they wouldn’t have had it any other way.

The local LCBO outlet held a “Pick Your Poison” fundraiser with staff having to undergo whichever “punishment” the customers dealt out. They didn’t mind, as the event raised nearly $800 for United Way Windsor-Essex County.

“We’ve been having an amazing day,” said LCBO employee Elaine Marton.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo readies himself to hit Elaine Marton and Marylyn Bartlett of the LCBO in the face with pies.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo readies himself to hit Elaine Marton and Marylyn Bartlett of the LCBO in the face with pies.

“It’s way better than I thought it was going to be,” added manager Marylyn Bartlett. “A lot of people gave donations without us having to do anything. That’s what is so awesome about this community.”

Ermanna Filice, relationship manager with United Way Windsor-Essex, said their workplace campaigns are gearing up and noted the LCBO already does a “point of sale” campaign where customers can give when paying for their products.

Events like “Pick Your Poison” are over and above, she stated.

“What they are doing is amazing,” said Filice. “Their sense of community is so appreciated.”

LCBO manager Marylynn Bartlett takes pies in the face courtesy of RTT publisher Peggy Thompson and Amherstburg police chief Tim Berthiaume.

LCBO manager Marylynn Bartlett takes pies in the face courtesy of RTT publisher Peggy Thompson and Amherstburg police chief Tim Berthiaume.

All money stays local, added Filice, and “that’s important to the employees as well as the community.”

While payroll deductions are another way United Way raises money locally, Filice also said that fundraisers like that one were good ways of raising cash and having fun at the same time.

LCBO inviting the public to “Pick Your Poison” in the name of charity

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg LCBO is holding a fundraiser this Friday in an effort to help the United Way Windsor-Essex County.

“We are going to have on Aug. 4 what we are calling ‘Pick Your Poison’,” explained Marylyn Bartlett, manager of the Amherstburg LCBO store. “Because the LCBO gives a lot to the community, we’d like to get the community involved.”

Bartlett said they want to get local residents involved in the fun, adding she has found Amherstburg residents like to give back to local causes within the town. Staff will either come in before their shift, stay after their shift or come in on their day off to participate. People will have a choice on how they can “punish” them, as they will stand under “prison cell” decorations. Choices include five water balloons to throw at the staff member for $5, $2 to shoot silly string at a staff member, $5 for a staff member to eat a jalapeno or $10 for a pie in the face.

Marylyn Bartlett and Elaine Marton from the Amherstburg LCBO store hold up posters and promotional materal inviting the public to help them raise money for United Way. A fundraiser is coming to the local LCBO store this Friday.

Marylyn Bartlett and Elaine Marton from the Amherstburg LCBO store hold up posters and promotional materal inviting the public to help them raise money for United Way. A fundraiser is coming to the local LCBO store this Friday.

All proceeds go to United Way Windsor-Essex County.

The fundraiser runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. with some special guests coming in as well, with the LCBO district manager due in at 11 a.m. and Mayor Aldo DiCarlo around 4:30 p.m.

“We’re asking people to bring the family out, have some fun with us and help out United Way,” said Bartlett.

Bartlett said they learned proceeds from events held last year at the Amherstburg store helped give boxed lunches to youth in need. This year, money will help other programs, including after-school programs for at risk youth and those needing extra counseling.

“This year, we decided to step it up a notch and have some fun with it,” she said.

The LCBO’s Amherstburg location is at 495 Sandwich St. S.

LCBO’s “Hats, Mittens and Scarfs” event exceeds expectations

The LCBO store has started making deliveries to schools last week of scarfs, hats and mittens after a successful campaign. From left: LCBO manager Dino Trevisol, Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, Lennie Richardson, Fran Chillis, Karen Thom, Pam Meisner and Elaine Marton.

The LCBO store has started making deliveries to schools last week of scarfs, hats and mittens after a successful campaign. From left: LCBO manager Dino Trevisol, Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, Lennie Richardson, Fran Chillis, Karen Thom, Pam Meisner and Elaine Marton.

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg LCBO’s first-ever “Hats, Mittens and Scarfs” event ended up raising enough winter goods that it will be able to involve several local elementary schools.

The fundraiser closed recently with enough goods to supply winter goods to students in need at Amherstburg Public School, Anderdon Public School, Malden Central Public School, St. Joseph School, Stella Maris School, St. Bernard School and Ecole St.-Jean Baptiste.

Elaine Marton, who helped organize the event, said the LCBO had “amazing” participation from the public and was very pleased with the support.

“The idea was for the teachers and students to stay warm,” said Marton. “Even though the weather is not that cold at this point it will be coming soon enough. If we can all do something, even something so small, it means something to someone.”

Marton added she is “very, very proud to live in this town” and pointed out their district manager was also very proud of the Amherstburg location.

Dino Trevisol, who manages the Amherstburg LCBO, noted they received larger items such as winter coats but noted those were washed and donated to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission. He said the hats, mittens and scarves that were donated were mainly new items with some even knitted.

“To actually sit down and knit something or crochet something is amazing,” he said. “It’s very touching. We just want to thank the town.”

Three of Trevisol’s 30 years with LCBO have been in Amherstburg and Trevisol said it is an “amazing town” to be in.

“It’s been wonderful,” he said.

Trevisol added the LCBO will now embark on a United Way fundraiser.

As the “Hats, Mittens and Scarfs” fundraiser was made a success due to the generosity of the community, Mayor Aldo DiCarlo was invited to Friday afternoon’s campaign finale. DiCarlo also thanked the town for helping out those less fortunate and said Amherstburg has always had people willing to help those in need.

“This is one more example of the kind of residents we have in this town,” the mayor said. “It really speaks to the town the the people we have here.”