PAWTUCKET â€” The busy holiday season is approaching, and with it comes more worries for those who are struggling to make ends meet. As it has for the past 31 years, The Times is trying to help by raising money through its annual Merry Christmas Fund that benefits The Salvation Army of Pawtucket.
To boost the giving power, The Times, in partnership with the LeFoyer/The Fountain Street Grille, is hosting the â€śJingle Mingle,â€ť an evening of holiday fun, food and dancing that is open to all members of the local community. This year's Jingle Mingle will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 7-11 p.m. at the LeFoyer/The Fountain Street Grille, 151 Fountain St., Pawtucket.
The Jingle Mingle will feature music by Upscale Music Entertainment for listening and dancing. A buffet is included in the ticket price, and a cash bar will be available. Tickets cost $20 per person. Tables can also be reserved, making this an ideal event for a small office staff party or a group of friendsâ€™ holiday gathering.
Dave Emery, owner of the LeFoyer/The Fountain Street Grille, said, â€śAs a longtime local business, we are vested in the community and care about helping those in need, especially during the holiday season. We are pleased to be able to join The Times to help promote the spirit of giving.â€ť
Tickets to the Jingle Mingle are available at The Fountain Street Grille at LeFoyer, 151 Fountain St., Pawtucket or at the Times office, 23 Exchange St., Pawtucket. To reserve a table, call 401-767-8525.
Each year, during the Christmas season, The Salvation Army provides food baskets and gifts of toys and clothing to hundreds of area families in need. Proceeds from The Timesâ€™ Merry Christmas Fund are used to help support this worthy cause.
The Times is once again making an appeal to individuals, businesses and organizations for donations to the Merry Christmas Fund. A donation can be made in the name of an individual, family, or in memory of a loved one. All donations will be acknowledged in The Times (unless the donor requests to be anonymous), and a continuing total is published throughout the holiday season.
As he did last year, city resident David Borek, a retired 25-year veteran of the Pawtucket Police Department, kicked off the fundraising season with a generous donation of $100 â€” the first check to be received for the 2013 Merry Christmas Fund. The Times sends a big â€śthank youâ€ť to him for his continued support.
Mary Lynn Bosiak, publisher of The Times and The Call, has set a fundraising goal of $10,000 for this year's campaign.
â€śWith so many people out of work or just having a hard time making ends meet, we believe it is more important than ever to continue to support the local Salvation Armyâ€™s efforts through our Merry Christmas Fund. Itâ€™s an important holiday tradition here at The Times and one that has long been embraced by the community,â€ť she said.
Since the Merry Christmas Fund began back in 1982, almost $750,000 has been raised through a combination of donations and fundraising activities held throughout the season. One such event is the upcoming Photos with Santa, featuring Pawtucketâ€™s own â€śSanta to the Starsâ€ť Brady White, that is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, from noon to 2 p.m. at Apex, 100 Main St., Pawtucket.
To make a donation, send a check or money order made payable to The Times Merry Christmas Fund, P.O. Box 307, Pawtucket, RI 02862.