The latest Pitt Meadows Lions Club fundraiser was a success, pulling in approximately $4,265, five bucks at a time.
A Mission man's son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter will benefit.
Just what were the Lions selling? A chance to race up and down the aisles at the Pitt Meadows Marketplace IGA taking almost anything from the shelves.
Bob Blumerauer was the lucky winner and according to Tom Hardy, a director with the Pitt Meadows club, he has a link to the Lions.
"He is the nephew of a former member of our club," Hardy noted.
Those family connections seem to continue through the contest win, as well.
When asked if he thought he would win, Blumerauer responded, "Absolutely not. It was just a good opportunity to support the Lions. You never think you're going to win, but
I bought the ticket with the thought that if I did win, I'd give it [the shopping spree] to my son and daughter-in-law."
Blumerauer's son Jordan is going to be the one raiding the aisles at the IGA at 9 a.m. Sunday, and everyone is welcome to come out and watch the fun.
"They get five minutes shopping," said Hardy. "They are limited to two of anything. We start them out with $100 worth of meat and they are prohibited from taking any tobacco products."
As Hardy explained, the "two of anything" rule prevents shelf sweeping, but isn't terribly limiting.
For example, Jordan can grab a maximum of two Campbell's tomato soup cans, but can also grab two Campbell's chicken soup, and two Lipton's chicken soup.
"We have no idea how much they are going to get," Hardy added, though the club estimates it will be about $1,000 worth.
If anyone is going to make the most of the opportunity, Blumerauer knows it will be his son.
"It [the approach] will be well thought out by the time they [his son and daughter-inlaw] get there," Dad said. "My son and daughter-in-law will make it fun for you. They're going to take some video for us."
Blumerauer and his wife are unable to attend, so are looking forward to seeing the video and hearing all about it.
Whatever money is left after the Lions pay for the groceries will go into the club's fund for community support.
IGA donated the second prize in the contest - a $100 gift certificate - and the third place winner received a Starbucks gift card.
"I know the kind of work the Lions do," said Blumerauer. "The people who will benefit from this are a young family - the kind of ones [people] they [the Lions] like to help. It's nice when you see people who win it, who can use it."
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