New Save-on-Foods in Abbotsford holds ‘Charity Challenge’

Save-On-Foods is celebrating the opening of its newest Abbotsford store, on Whatcom Road, by giving local charities and non-profit organizations the chance to win up to $10,000.

Save-On-Foods is celebrating the opening of its newest Abbotsford store, on Whatcom Road, by giving local charities and non-profit organizations the chance to win up to $10,000.

The Save-On-Foods Charity Challenge invited groups to apply and more than 40 groups did, making it tough for the judges to narrow it down to 10 semi-finalists.

The finalists are Matthew’s House, The Abbotsford Hospice Society, Women’s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley, BC Cancer Foundation, KidSport, Abbotsford Youth Commission, Salvation Army, Abbotsford Community Services and Canuck Place – Abbotsford.

These 10 worthy groups will now take part in a “Price is Right” style game. On Oct. 22, at the new Whatcom Save-On-Foods, the finalists will be asked to examine a truckload of food products and guess the value of the merchandise. The five closest bids, without going over, will move on to the next round.

As part of the celebration, five members of the public will also have a chance to win by predicting the cost of a shopping cart full of food. The person closest to the amount, without going over, wins the food.

The contestants will consist of two random shoppers (in the store between 11 a.m. and noon) and three people chosen from the Abbotsford News Facebook site (facebook.com/myabbynews).

There will also be a fundraiser taking place at the store featuring a barbecue and other family-friendly activities.

Once the five charity finalists have been established, they will be invited to an Abbotsford Heat home game (tentative date is Dec. 18) for the contest grand finale.

Each charity will be paired up with an Abbotsford Minor Hockey player. The five players will have the chance to shoot at the Save-On-Foods contest board.

The player who comes closest to the board’s opening, wins $5,000 for the charity. If a player puts the puck in the opening, the charity wins $10,000.