Marylyn Bartlett

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.