Bashas' Collects Pennies for Ariz. Capitol

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Bashas' here is asking customers to round their grocery bills up to the next dollar or make a donation as part of the statewide CENTennial Penny Drive — an effort to raise money to resurface, reseal and polish the dome at the state capitol for Arizona's 100th anniversary next Feb. 12.

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Bashas [2]' here is asking customers to round their grocery bills up to the next dollar or make a donation as part of the statewide CENTennial Penny Drive — an effort to raise money to resurface, reseal and polish the dome at the state capitol for Arizona's 100th anniversary next Feb. 12.

Through April 15 students from kindergarten to eighth grade are being asked to collect 100 pennies each to donate to the effort, "and we're encouraging every Arizonan to help these students with their penny drive," Edward Basha, vice president of retail operations, said.

The Coinstar machines at the stores will be available to help students and parents track how many pennies they've collected, the company said.

The school that collects the most pennies will win the grand prize: a "visit" from the state's copper-plated motorcycle, the "copper chopper," and a pizza party hosted by Edde Basha, the chain's chairman.