Store brings in the green for kids

FAIRMONT – The Fareway store in Fairmont got into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit on Monday to celebrate raising more than $4,000 to fight muscular dystrophy.

“We sold over 4,000 shamrocks,” said Kris Von Bank, scanning coordinator at Fareway, referring to the Muscular Dystrophy Association donations that ranged from $1 shamrocks, $5 shamrocks and platinum shamrocks that could be any amount. The fundraising event began Feb. 10 and ended Monday.

To improve sales of the shamrocks, management made a deal to motivate employees and customers.

“If we sold $2,000, all full-timers would color their hair green,” Von Bank said. “If we hit $3,000, the assistant manager would also color their hair green. And if we hit $4,000, the manager would dress as a leprechaun.”

As of Monday morning, the store had raised $4,058, so store manager Ryan Nicholson kept his word.

“It’s a way to motivate the employees,” he said. “Everyone likes to take a shot at the boss … I took the kids to school dressed like this, and they just loved it.”

The real winners are children in the region who suffer from muscular dystrophy. With the funds raised, five children will be able to go to a special summer camp – Camp Courageous in Monticello, Iowa, or Camp Courage in Maple Lake. It costs the Muscular Dystrophy Association $800 to send one child to camp.

“This is the biggest event this store has ever had,” Nicholson said. “We had several corporate donations, and we’d really like to thank the community and the customers here at Fareway.”