BARRE, VT - On Saturday, December 10, Vermonters shopped till they dropped - and raised over $5,000 to fight hunger.

Lenny's Shoe & Apparel held their 2nd annual Charity Sale in December, and the store and its customers collectively raised over $5,000 for Lenny's chosen charity partner, the Vermont Foodbank. This morning, Lenny's owner Mark McCarthy presented that donation to Vermont Foodbank CEO John Sayles.

Lenny's customers purchased tickets, for $5 each, to the one-day sale. With that ticket, customers qualified for substantial discounts on top gift items throughout the store. More than 550 tickets were sold, and 100% of the proceeds from those ticket sales went directly to the Foodbank. Each $5 ticket sold enabled the Foodbank to help provide 30 meals for Vermonters in need.

In addition to the ticket proceeds, Lenny's also donated a percentage of the day's sales to benefit the Foodbank, making for a total donation of $5,148.

“We're happy with the success of this event, and we're so pleased to be able to make this kind of donation to the Vermont Foodbank,” said Lenny's owner Mark McCarthy. “We'd like to thank our loyal customers for their support -- not only of a local business like Lenny's -- but also of the Vermont Foodbank. That's the true spirit of the holiday season, and we're so proud to have been a part of it. We'll definitely be looking to do more of these sales in the future.”

About the Vermont Foodbank
Vermont Foodbank is the state's largest hunger-relief organization, serving communities in all 14 counties of Vermont through a network of more than 280 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs. In FY2010, the Vermont Foodbank distributed more than 8 million pounds of food to as  many as 86,000 Vermonters. To learn more about hunger in your community and to take action against hunger and poverty in Vermont, visit us on the web at

Fox 44 News Article:
Vermont Foodbank Receives Large Donation

Vermont Business Magazine Article:
Lenny's Shoe & Apparel raises over $5,000 for Vermont Foodbank with 2nd annual charity sale

Photo captions: Lenny's owner Mark McCarthy (left) presents the Charity Sale donation to Vermont Foodbank CEO John Sayles. The Vermont Foodbank thanked Lenny's for the donation with some great mason jar mugs and screen-printed tote bags!

November 21, 2010 — Ryan Sogge

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