Gardner Rotary Club members hosted the second annual Grocery Grab on April 13. As part of the event, club members sold raffle tickets for a five-minute, super market sweep- type grocery dash.
American Legion Post No. 19 nabbed the grand prize, which allowed Jeff Barber the opportunity to spend one minute in the meat aisle and four minutes in the rest of the store.
The grab benefits not only the Rotary Club but other organizations in the community as well. Last year’s grand prize winner was the Gardner Multi-Service Center.
Barber took off in a blaze Saturday morning as shouts of encouragement rang through the store. Barber said he focused on items the Legion needed – pots, pans, kitchen utensils, meat and candy. When his cart value was tallied, Barber grabbed more than $1,000 worth of groceries. Price Chopper donated $300 toward the bill, and gave Barber another $100 gift certificate to purchase candy.
Jeff said the Legion gives the candy to veterans they visit in nursing homes and in veteran hospitals.
Gardner Edgerton High School sent a camera crew to video tape the event. Footage will be on the school’s website. Alyann Photography took still photos.
Other winners included Wes McCoy, Jennifer Burgess, Stephanie Tobias, Gardner Multi-Service Center, Linda Shippy, Stephanie Connell, Sonja Hermstein, the Edgerton Food Pantry, Kim Brooks and Wylene Nibarger. These winners received Price Chopper gift certificates.
Funds from the Grocery Grab are used by the Rotary Club to send local students to study in another country for a year, to purchase dictionaries for all third graders in USD 231, to donate to Gardner food pantry.