More than $8,000 in prizes to be won at game show event
WELLINGTON – As they try to win more than $8,000 in cash, gift certificates and merchandise during a Let's Make a Deal games night Friday, contestants and spectators will also get a chance to share a bit of their own cash with less fortunate citizens.
© Submitted photo
Host Raymond J. Arsenault (left) and announcer Roger "Co-op" Arsenault are gearing up for the "Let's Make a Deal" games night, a benefit for the Summerside Salvation Army Food Bank, slated for Friday, Oct. 18, at Wellington Legion.
This second annual bilingual game show, set for Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. at Wellington Legion, has been transformed into a fundraiser for the Summerside Salvation Army Food Bank.
"As everyone knows, times are getting harder and harder for some sectors of our communities; a record number of parents have no choice but to seek a portion of their groceries from the food bank because they simply don't have the means to support their family," says Angèle Arsenault, president of the Conseil de développement coopératif de l'Î.-P.-É. (francophone co-op council), the organization that staged the game in 2012.
"Last year, our show had been limited to co-ops on the occasion of International Co-op Year. It attracted 175 people," adds Arsenault. "But this time around, we decided to open it up to the entrepreneurial and community sectors as well to encourage an even greater participation so that more money would be contributed to this very worthy cause. When they arrive, people will simply be invited to drop a donation in the amount of their choice into the donation box."
This year's games night will take place during Co-op and Small Business Weeks. Joining the co-op council in the organization of this event are the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of P.E.I., the Evangeline School-Community Centre, Évangéline-Central Credit Union, Wellington Co-op, The Co-operators (Mike Bradley Insurance Services Ltd.), Wellington Rural Action Centre, and RDÉE Prince Edward Island.
Raymond J. Arsenault will once again handle hosting duties while Roger "Co-op" Arsenault will return as the announcer.
Organizers are planning 12 major games as well as a number of smaller side games. They've come up with a series of games inspired by those seen on TV shows like “The Price Is Right,” “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” “Let's Make a Deal” and “Deal or No Deal.” Others will look like a combination of several games.
Businesses, co-ops and organizations were invited to sponsor the evening. Audiences will get to hear "commercials" from the main sponsors and contestants will answer trivia questions about these sponsors.
Upon arrival at the show, people wishing to become contestants will write their name and phone number on a piece of paper. Names will be randomly drawn to select participants. Contestants will get a chance to win prizes such as household appliances, electronic products, tools, food, clothing plus a number of surprises. Contestants can also expect a few booby prizes or “zonks.”
During the evening, the co-op council will also present its Co-op Order of Merit Award to a deserving co-operator.
A bar service will be available, so the evening is opened to adults only.