Champlain On Aug. 17, Champlain Telephone Company will hold its annual Customer Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event is being held in conjunction with the Champlain Town-Wide Garage Sale and the “Champlain Day” celebration. Offering items donated by their employees, Champlain Telephone will participate in the garage sale, with all proceeds being divided evenly among the libraries located within the Champlain Telephone coverage area. Raffle tickets will also be available throughout the day.
“Each year we have a committee of our employees that gets together and they decide what charity we would like to support,” said Vicki Marking, marketing director for Champlain Telephone. “The last couple of years it has been the local food shelf, and that had been very successful.”
This year the committee decided to support the four public libraries in the Champlain Telephone coverage area: Champlain, Rouses Point, Altona and Mooers.
Champlain Telephone collects funds from the sale of the items, plus the sale of raffle tickets for items donated by local businesses, then that amount is typically matched by Champlain Telephone. Those stopping by Champlain Telephone at their Main Street office, where their sale will be held, will also be eligible for a door prize of a 32-inch flat screen television.
“This year we have the Champlain Valley Irish Dancers who are performing in the morning at 10:30. Then we have a band, Overdrive, which is playing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. And then there are a variety of events for the kids. We have a bounce house, there’s face painting, rides for the kids in the telephone bucket truck,” Marking said.
Marking said that they would accept gently used items donated by community members for the sale, except for articles of clothing.
Champlain Telephone will also be serving hotdogs and hamburgers from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., free of charge.
“The only thing that would cost anybody anything would be if they choose to buy raffle tickets to support the libraries. Every coin that is collected that day goes to the local libraries.”