Several area families can have holiday feasts without putting a denting the checkbook thanks to the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce and Busch’s Fresh Food Market.
The chamber and Busch’s presented prizes to the winners of the annual grocery raffle, held to raise money for the Saline Holiday Parade, Saturday at Busch’s. Therese Williams, of Tecumseh, won the grand prize -- $1,000 in free groceries from Busch’s. She bought the raffle ticket from co-worker Sue Hurst.
“I didn’t expect to win. I just bought the ticket to help support the parade,” Williams said. “I’m absolutely thrilled to win.”
The $1,000 in groceries will come in handy this holiday season, she said.
“It’s a very good time to win. I have a son coming home from the U.S. Army and he eats a lot,” Williams said, adding that she planned a little extra seafood on the table this holiday season.
Saline resident Tom Head won $500 in groceries. He thanked Busch’s and the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce – and not just for the free groceries.
“Busch’s does an outstanding job supporting the community. And the parade is fantastic,” Head said.
Art Trapp, Executive Director of the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce, agreed with Head’s assessment of Busch’s.
“They do more than support the parade. They support the raffle. They give us extra groceries to give away with raffle tickets. They give us a place in their store to raffle off the tickets,” Trapp said.
The chamber sold 2,077 raffle tickets, which raised close to $10,000 for the annual holiday parade.
The Saline Area Chamber of Commerce and Busch’s gave away the grocery prize Saturday, during the Treasure Trail to Santa event – another holiday activity supported by Busch’s.
Keith Belanger, director of Busch’s Fresh Food Market in Saline, said the company is glad to contribute to events enjoyed by local families.
“We’ve been supporting the Saline Chamber of Commerce and Parade for years now. It’s been a good venture for both of us. We appreciate the Saline community, so we do this for them,” Belanger said.
Other raffle winners were Joanne Surmann, Saline, and Kyle Stone, Ann Arbor, who each one $250 in groceries.