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Providence Farm solves fundraising mystery

Providence Farm’s concerns about mysterious fundraising on the farm’s behalf have ended at the Shriners Club door, not with fraud artists, farm brass say.

“The local Shriners Club is currently fundraising by calling Cowichan Valley residents and selling tickets to their variety show,” Providence’s Karen Bittner said.

“If potential purchasers of the tickets do not actually want the tickets, the Shriners offer the option of not taking the tickets, then the Shriners will donate them to an individual or organization that might not be able to afford to purchase tickets.”

There are several Cowichan organizations the Shriners might donate tickets to, and Providence Farm could be among them, she said, stressing Providence does not use telemarketing.

“As it turns out, all is OK,” Bittner said of citizens reporting the telemarketing before knowing those calls came from the Shriners.

“It is certainly better to be safe than sorry, and for all donors to know their dollars are being put to the good use they intend.”

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