OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Price Chopper was up to the challenge – and then some!
The employees and management at Price Chopper #226 volunteered for and participated in a myriad events recently to help raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, according to Terry Moody.
“We were selling (paper) shamrocks for MDA and we are always trying to beat another store,” she explained. “So the challenge was put out there that if we were number one in sales, our store manager would wear a dress. We not only beat all the other stores (more than 100), we raised more than $12,000 and our store manager wore a dress.”
“Mr. (Larry) Volan was such a trooper,” added Kelly Potter, another store employee. “We also sold ‘pies’ to throw at the department managers as well as store manager and co-manager.”
Shamrocks for MDA is an annual campaign, the store manager said, adding the employees upped the ante with the pies and dress idea.
“We were best in the chain for the second year in a row,” Volan said. “And, I believe, the best in this region for the MDA.”
Oswego’s Price Chopper raised $12,206 for the campaign.
“Corporately, I think it was $334,000 total,” Volan said.
The pie fundraiser brought in more than $550, Potter said.
Employees and customers were charged $5 for the opportunity to toss a pie; vendors were charged $10.
They also just finished their semi-annual pet food drive and more fundraisers are always on the horizon, the manager said.
He commended the staff for how hard it works to support the community.
“And, the people that live here, they are always so willing to give and help each other,” he added. “No matter what, the community always seems to step up and help.”
A wall in the break room is adorned with several pictures of the big day. Some of the employees also put videos of the event on facebook.