Participants in Saturday’s “grocery stampede,” are Harold Mallette of Malone, at LaVigne’s IGA on Route 11, Thomas Arsenault who will take part in the event at Tupper Lake’s Shaheen’s IGA, and Susan LaFave of Malone, who will take part in the shopping spree at Plattsburgh’s Yando’s BIG-M. Alexander Violo/Malone Telegram

MALONE — Three individuals will take part in a “grocery stampede,” at three area stores, Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

Participants in the stampede are Harold Mallette of Malone, at LaVigne’s IGA on Route 11, Thomas Arsenault who will take part in the event at Tupper Lake’s Shaheen’s IGA, and Susan LaFave of Malone, who will take part in the shopping spree at Plattsburgh’s Yando’s BIG-M.

The $400 shopping spree is part of a fundraiser for Homeward Bound Adirondacks, according to Frank Dorchak, the organization’s fundraising chairman, who said their fundraising efforts grossed approximately $10,000.

As part of the fundraiser, $20 raffle tickets were sold at the three participating grocery stores in May, for a chance to win a $400 grocery shopping spree.

Dorchak said the winning raffle tickets were drawn on Friday.

The spree itself will involve each participant getting a 20 minute time frame to fill a grocery cart with as many groceries as possible, according to Dorchak.

Dorchak said whichever winner, between the three towns, who comes the closest to $400 in groceries within the 20-minute time frame, will receive a special prize.

“Whoever gets the closest to $400 will get a gift card to Runnings,” Dorchak said.

Homeward Bound Adirondacks is a volunteer organization in Saranac Lake, a private non-for-profit veteran’s support agency.

According to Dorchak, this is the first time the grocery stampede has been held, with the proceeds of raffle ticket sales going towards the organization’s efforts to build a new retreat center.

The new center will support veterans who are suffering from PTSD, and will be located in the Lake Titus area, according to Dorchak, adding weekend retreats are currently held in Onchiota.

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