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Shimmy and shake to raise funds for the Airdrie Food Bank

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 11:03 am

Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown, Airdrie Food Bank Executive Director Lori McRitchie and Airdrie’s first lady Shelley Brown pose for a photo at the 2013 Shamrock Shimmy Food Bank Fundraiser held at the Airdrie Town and Country Centre. The event raised $23,000 through ticket sales, live and silent auctions. This year’s event will be on March 15. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased at the Airdrie Food Bank.
Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown, Airdrie Food Bank Executive Director Lori McRitchie and Airdrie’s first lady Shelley Brown pose for a photo at the 2013 Shamrock Shimmy Food Bank Fundraiser held at the Airdrie Town and Country Centre. The event raised $23,000 through ticket sales, live and silent auctions. This year’s event will be on March 15. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased at the Airdrie Food Bank.
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The annual Shamrock Shimmy in support of the Airdrie Food Bank is back for its 10th year and organizers say it’s going to be a green good time.

“We’re looking forward to it being our biggest and best ever,” said Airdrie Food Bank Executive Director Lori McRitchie of the St. Patrick’s Day event.

Last year’s Shamrock Shimmy raised $23,000 for the food bank and had 180 people in attendance.

This year’s event takes place on March 15 and will be held at the Airdrie Town and Country Centre.

It will feature a performance from local band Rewind; Irish Dancers; dinner provided by Carmen’s Kitchen; libations from event sponsor the Federation of Beer, the makers of Vulcan Ale; silent and live auctions with Mayor Peter Brown as auctioneer; raffles and draws.

McRitchie said they have some great items up for auction this year including a Calgary Stampeders jersey and game ball signed by the team and a girl’s night out package from the Hair Lounge, which includes a hair package, dinner and evening out.

On top of the great items up for auction is the WestJet raffle for two tickets anywhere WestJet flies. The proceeds from the WestJet raffle, which is $10 per entry, will go directly towards the cost to complete the food bank’s new building set to open in May.

“It’s a lot of fun and people that come say it’s not an event to be missed,” McRitchie said of the event.

Tickets to the Shamrock Shimmy are $50 each and can be purchased at the Airdrie Food Bank located at 20 East Lake Way.

The event is one of two key fundraisers for the Food Bank and the money raised goes to the operations of the food bank.

The Airdrie Food Bank receives only 12 per cent of the cost of operations from the government and relies heavily on donations from the community to meet the needs of its clients.

“The demand for food support in our community has increased considerably over the last year,” McRitchie said in a press release.

“In 2013, we provided hampers that supported over 3,700 people, bread and extras that fed over 9,400 individuals as well as various other food bank programs.”

For more information, or if you’d like to donate an item for the auctions call the food bank at 403-948-0063 or drop by their office at 20 East Lake Way.


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