Shopping for charity

r By Jennifer Durrant

Enjoy lunch, a chocolate dessert bar, extra shopping discounts, swag bag and more, all while giving back to a local charity at the Sixth Annual Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday, September 29. Tickets for the fundraiser held at the Outlets at Traverse Mountain in Lehi are $25 with $15 from every ticket going to the buyer’s charity of choice, which this year includes Community Action Services and Food Bank.

Each ticket holder will have access to exclusive discounts and saving offers, chocolate tasting at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, drinks and desserts in the Diva Lounge, and a special shopper lunch. They’ll also be entered to win fantastic prizes, including more than $30,000 in gift cards to participating retailers at the Outlets at Traverse Mountain. The fun starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, and tickets are available now.

Last year shoppers raised more than $30,000 for charities along the Wasatch Front.

“We live in a community full of generous people and businesses,” said Karen McCandless, executive director of Community Action Services and Food Bank. “We’re excited to be part of the Shopping Extravaganza this year — an event where people have fun while donating to their favorite charities.”

The Shopping Extravaganza, sponsored by Mountain America Credit Union, goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at 3700 N. Cabelas Blvd. in Lehi. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at And don’t forget to designate your charity of choice! To avoid processing fees you can purchase tickets at Community Action Services and Food Bank at 815 S. Freedom Blvd., Ste. 100, Provo, or email Carol Barker at For more information about the Outlets at Traverse Mountain, visit


Community Action Services and Food Bank is a non-profit organization in Provo, Utah that provides a two-step process to solving poverty: first, to stabilize the person and then rebuild their lives. Since 1967, the agency has stabilized persons in need by meeting their basic critical needs (such as food and housing) while providing them with the long-term solutions needed to rebuild their financial and social self-sufficiency, enabling them to break out of poverty. For more information, go to


The Outlets at Traverse Mountain is located in Lehi Utah just off of I-15, exit 284. It is the first and only outlet in Utah County and brings with it several unique-to-Utah stores. For more information, visit

Chris Baird
Chris Baird
Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.

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