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Baskets for every taste

Cindy Marcotte with two Holiday Gift Baskets, a new fundraising initiative for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.  - Teresa MALLAM/Free Press
Cindy Marcotte with two Holiday Gift Baskets, a new fundraising initiative for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.
— image credit: Teresa MALLAM/Free Press

Good things happen when creative people share their talents.

Singer, actor and percussionist Cindy Marcotte and professional gift basket creator Marlene Fehr Power have combined their volunteer and entrepreneurial spirit to help take the stress out of Christmas shopping.

“We were approached by the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation this year about helping with a new fundraising initiative,” said Marcotte, who this year has designed a tree sponsored by the firm of Marcotte Kerrigan Real Estate lawyers and notaries. “This is the gift that goes on giving – all the proceeds go to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.”

The baskets are filled with savory, sweet and salty delights sure to please every palette. With names like Reindeer Treats, Chocoholic, Yuletide Treasures, Santa’s Picnic, Executive Gourmet and Home for the Holidays, the beautifully arranged baskets range in price from around $30 to $155.

Marcotte, who is well-known for her performances in musical theatre, says the baskets are a great “production” filled with quality items and made for giving.

“Last summer we went back east to a trade show in Toronto to get a few ideas for this. We were able to interest some local businesses into giving us a discount on items so that helps us. We put in lots of volunteer hours but it’s for a fundraiser, so it’s worth it.”

The gift baskets, which are perfect for sharing at the office or giving to clients, friends and family members, can be delivered for a small fee ($7 local delivery).

Gift basket order forms will be available for larger gift baskets at the Festival of Trees at the Prince George Civic Centre (Nov. 23 to Dec. 2) and ready-to-go smaller gift baskets will be available just outside the Gift Shoppe.

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