Sidney Lions Food Bank administrator Bev Elder

Community of HeARTS successful

Fundraiser generated over $2,000 for Sidney food bank

Through the generous participation of local artists, Alexander’s Coffee Shop’s annual Community of HeARTS fundraiser for 2013 was a success.

Through their art auction, the local business raised a total of $2,270 as well as cash donations of over $100.

The total raised, which was donated to the Sidney Lions Food Bank, was $2,377.20 along with four big boxes of non-perishable food items.

“[The event] brought plenty of awareness to the need to support our community food bank,” said Sandy Shams, owner of Alexander’s Coffee.

“We couldn’t have done this without the support of our local media, our artist family, customers and friends who participated in the silent auction and made it a huge success.”

The auction started March 3 and ran through until the 16th, and featured nine Alexander’s staff members and more than a dozen artists from around the community who donated a piece of original art.

Last year, the business raised slightly more through the same event, coming in at over $3,000.

Those funds were donated to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation.

In previous years, Alexander’s Coffee has raised money for the new playground at North Saanich Middle School, the Sidney Museum and Archives and the Via Choralis music society.