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Valley Vonka raises more than $5,000 for Literacy Alberni

Winners of the sweet fundraiser were announced at the Raise-A-Reader breakfast

A sweet fundraiser launched by the Alberni Valley News this year raised a total of $5,011 for Literacy Alberni.

Inspired by the Golden Ticket contest from the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Valley Vonka was a local fundraiser with all the proceeds raised benefitting Literacy Alberni’s Raise-A-Reader campaign.

Coombs Country Candy created 1,000 special chocolate bars and three of them had a golden ticket hidden inside.

Lorraine Brunt purchased eight of the Valley Vonka chocolate bars and gave them to family members. When her daughter Christa opened hers, she peeled back the wrapper to reveal the first golden ticket in this inaugural fundraiser.

Sharlene Check bought four Valley Vonka bars at the Literacy Alberni table at the Fall Fair. While opening the fourth bar, she realized there was something inside the wrapper obscuring the Coombs Country Candy logo: a golden ticket!

Loretta Burley and Sandy Shearer were heading out of town on a camping trip and dropped by Coombs Country Candy for a Valley Vonka bar. That night after setting up camp, they opened their bar to discover the golden ticket inside. They continued on with their 10-day camping trip to the North Island, telling no one of their luck until they got home.

Winners and their prizes were announced at the Raise-A-Reader breakfast at Smitty’s Restaurant on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The three golden tickets were randomly drawn for three prizes:

- Christa Brunt received two tickets anywhere Westjet flies.

- Sharlene Check won a Memories and Movies Package, including a photoshoot with photographer Darran Chaisson and 16 Ticket & Treat vouchers for movies at Landmark Cinemas.

- Sandy Shearer and Loretta Burley won the Tigh-na-Mara Couples’ Retreat Package, featuring two nights’ accomodation, a bottle of wine, a spa credit and Endless Tapas Dining Experience.

Valley Vonka also included a colouring contest, giving two kids the opportunity to win “chocolate for a year” from Coombs Country Candy (awarded as 12 - $20 gift certificates). Carlene Sumen and Leo Fielding were the winners.

Sponsors for the Valley Vonka fundraiser included The Fenton Team, R. Anderson and Co., RE/MAX Mid-Island, Jowsey’s, Kurt Meyer Notary, Belle’s Haircare and Pacific Rim Physiotherapy.

Elena Rardon

About the Author: Elena Rardon

I have worked with the Alberni Valley News since 2016.
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