December 11, 2012

Super Foodtown Cashier Who Lost Her Television during Hurricane Sandy Wins a New TV After Raising Funds For GI Go Fund and Returning Veterans

Doris Yurcho of the Super Foodtown in Wall was awarded the top prize after raising the most money during the annual fundraising drive benefiting the GI Go Fund; 4th Annual Drive raised nearly $50,000 for the organization as it assists returning veterans

Top Cashier Doris Yurcho, left, poses with her new RCA 42” Television with GI Go Fund Deputy Director Alex Manis (right), in front of her Super Foodtown in Wall, NJ.

WALL, NJ - A Super Foodtown cashier who had raised nearly $1,000 by herself to benefit veterans returning home from combat during the store’s annual fundraising drive to benefit the GI Go Fund had quite the surprise when she arrived at the Wall, NJ Supermarket she worked at: she had won a brand new RCA 42” Flat Screen Television.

Doris Yurcho, who had worked at the store for years before retiring just the month before, had lost her TV and other personal belongings during the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Former coworkers had invited her to the store to receive her grand prize, without telling her what she had won; needless to say, she was elated.

“I almost didn’t even come,” said Yurcho. “I can’t believe that this has happened. After everything we went through with the storm, this is just such a welcome surprise. I am so happy.”

The drive, which has been held annually since 2009, gave customers of Foodtowns across the region the opportunity to donate either $1 or $5 at checkout lines to benefit the returning troops that the GI Go Fund aims to serve. In the end, the event successfully raised nearly $50,000 for our veterans and their loved ones.

“I just felt more passionate for this than any other donation drive I’ve been a part of,” said Yurcho. “Veterans do so much for us, and I just wanted to help any way I could.”

“Our fundraising drive with Foodtown has always been about helping members of our community,” said GI Go Fund Executive Director Jack Fanous. “Over the last several years, the employees of Foodtown and all of their generous and patriotic customers have helped us to bring incredible support to our veterans and their families. We are so proud that this year, this program has also helped us to bring relief to one of those patriotic employees.”

The event featured a top prize of the TV, as well as a second place prize of a new Dell Computer, as well as a $50 Visa Gift Card for cashiers who rose over $500. In addition, any store manager that encouraged their employees to raise over $3,500 received a new iPad.