Lisa Rutledge ran through the aisles of McCaffrey’s supermarket in Yardley on July 11, snagging as many groceries as she could along the way. The winner of a United Way of Bucks County raffle, she had 90 seconds to do a supermarket sweep.
Rutledge is a dedicated donor to the United Way. She was entered into the raffle because of her contributions to UW Bucks. She brought her son and daughter, Pat and Nicole, to cheer her on, as well as her granddaughter Sam.
“I have a game plan, but I’m a little nervous,” Rutledge said before her sweep. “I’m going to stick to the perimeter and only go down two of the aisles.”
She had 90 seconds to run through the store, grabbing as many things as possible. The only rule was that she could only take 2 of each thing. She ran with one cart, and put a second in aisle 9. “I promised my sister I would grab some diapers for her. She has a newborn and an 18 month old. Diapers get expensive!” Rutledge explained.
“McCaffrey’s has been hosting this supermarket sweep for a UWBucks winner for almost 15 years. It was set up by the owner of the stores, James McCaffrey, many years ago,” explained store manager, Lou Defrancesco.
After her sweep, Rutledge was beaming at the check out line. The cashier complimented her choice of steak, while she was handed a water bottle to help her recover from her sprint around the store.
“I want to thank the United Way very much. I would not be here without them. I’d donate to them for nothing, but this is a nice perk!” Rutledge said, laughing. She also thanked McCaffrey’s for hosting her sweep, and her family for coming to support her.
About the Contributor: Katie Pilot is the Marketing Intern at UWBucks for the summer. She is a rising senior at Villanova University with a major in Communications. Due to her passion for social justice, particularly the importance of education, she is excited to help get the word out about UWBucks’ great contributions to the county in hopes to get more people involved.