Seventy-five chairs were auctioned off for the 2019 Chairs for Charity in Lacombe. (File Photo)

Seventy-five chairs were auctioned off for the 2019 Chairs for Charity in Lacombe. (File Photo)

Lacombe’s Chairs for Charity makes its return

Lacombe business can purchase a chair which will be raffled off to support a local charity

Nowco Home Hardware is organizing Chairs for Charity for the third year. The charitable event will run from July 20 – August 1.

The project started in 2018 as a collaboration of downtown businesses to decorate the downtown area during Lacombe Days while also raising money for a local charity aimed towards supporting children.

Forty-five downtown businesses bought and painted a chair to raffle off and raised a total of $3,100 for the JS McCormick School Lunch Program in that first year.

In 2019, 75 businesses participated in the event raising over $6,200 for Lacombe Minor Football League and Terrace Ridge School Lunch Program.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to the event in 2020, but it is coming back in 2021.

The child sized Adirondack chairs are painted in a variety of styles and imagery. Everything from books, under the sea, pineapples, to 80’s-themed, animals, cookies and more have been artfully painted on the chairs.

“Businesses have brought out their creativity and it is amazing to see the multi-talented people in our community creating fun pieces,” a press release from Nowco Home Hardware says.

The Adirondack chairs will be on display for the entire raffle period, after which the winners will claim their chairs from the respective businesses.

This year’s charities are still being chosen but organizer, Deanna Nowochin, is looking for businesses to participate.

Business looking to purchase a chair can email Nowochin at Deanna.nowochin@homehardware.ca for an application form. The deadline for applications is April 1.