The local fashion leader has designed its own unique ways to raise money for the Christmas Cheer Board each year.

That trend continued in 2014 as NYGÅRD International raised a grand total of $8,507 that it is donating through our Empty Stocking Fund. “Wow! Good stuff,” Cheer Board executive director Kai Madsen said.

NYGÅRD raised $4,290 of that through its annual Global Raffle, where each employee around the world gets involved. Each pays $5 for a chance to win one of three gift cards valued at $1,000, $500 or $300.

NYGÅRD also raised $4,217 at its annual Holiday Party, which about 200 employees attended at the St. Charles Country Club last month. Included in the auction prizes were a Macbook Pro 13 laptop and a trip to Orlando, Fla.

The gift cards and prizes were supplied by NYGÅRD’s generous suppliers and vendors.

“NYGÅRD has been part of our team for many years and, not only do they come up with some fantastic dollars for us, they also do some tremendous hampers,” Madsen said. “I’ve seen them and they’re wonderful.

“We depend a great deal on the folks at NYGÅRD and I hope that we continue our tremendous relationship.”

Since NYGÅRD started to get involved in helping the Cheer Board in 2006, it has donated more than $68,000 to the cause.

NYGÅRD associates also partnered with the Lighthouse Mission this year to donate new and gently used adult winter coats to people in need to help get them through our harsh winters, special events coordinator assistant Emma Sherren said.

Good for all of you. Special thanks to communications director Sharon Clarke and, of course, the Nygårds and all of their employees around the globe. I know you will have a better Christmas because of your generosity.

Please send whatever you can spare to The Sun’s Empty Stocking Fund, 1700 Church Avenue, Wpg, Man., R2X 3A2. Receipts will be issued for donations of $10 or more.

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Winnipeg Sun – DEC 2014