Kinsley's ShopRite store in Brodheadsville has been participating in Grocers Fight Against Cancer Day for the last 15 years. Tuesday, Aug. 10 marked their 16th year.
The Kinsleys' family-owned business is very community-minded and the store opened its doors at 6 a.m. to midnight with the promise of donating five percent of everything they took in to the Monroe County chapter of the American Cancer Society. In 15 years they had raised $115,000.
This year's goal was $15,000 and according to Lori Fernandez, Kinsley's controller and a co-chair for the event, they raised $14,719, $1,500 above last year. She said the Kinsleys always makes a donation but she doesn't know yet what that donation will be but she wouldn't be surprised if they rounded it off to meet the $15,000 goal.
All day, the store held raffles and drawings for prizes donated by the Kinselys like a turkey/clam cooker, two gift certificates, an eight-speed mountain bike, a 19" television, a 15,000 btu airconditioner, two tickets to Camelback and patio umbrellas.
There was face-painting, entertainment and free food samples.
Throughout the day, shoppers had their groceries bagged by Celebrity Baggers, 150 of the county and community's officials, business people, organizational members and cancer survivors.
"It was a great day and tons of fun," says Fernandez.