Castor curling club fundraiser overwhelming success

The Eberle hockey jersey raised approximately $2000
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The Eberle hockey jersey raised approximately $2000

The Eberle hockey jersey raised approximately $2000

The Castor Curling Club raised over $28,000 at a fundraiser held on Saturday, January 26 at the Castor Community Hall.
“That should stand us in good stead until our next casino,” said President of the Curling Club, Cliff Campbell in a telephone interview Tuesday morning. “We made more than we do at casinos.”
Approximately 150 auction items were donated raising $20,500.  “We had overwhelming support,” said Campbell referring to the 220 tickets that were sold and the bidding that took place on the auction items.  The 12 containers of honey netted $160 each.
Campbell explained that all recreation centres he’s talked to including Coronation and Forestburg are struggling to make a go of it.  Paying $2,000 to $3,500 power bills a month to operate puts a big load onto these organizations. “We decided to the proactive rather than reactive,” said Campbell.
All of the food for the banquet was donated by Curling Club members.
It was a “blessed” event said Campbell referring to the good weather, good turnout, good family entertainment and the overwhelming support from the community and surrounding communities in both attendance and donations to the silent and live auctions.
It’s been years ago since the Curling Club has held a fundraiser, said Campbell.  In fact, Guy Hemmings as a guest would have been their last fundraiser years ago. The 50/50 raised another $585. with Francis O’Hara winning his share but donated half of it back to the Curling Club.
The entertainment was singers, songwriters and showmen, The Boom Chukka Boys playing hot rod country, old time country and 50’s rockabilly music enjoyed by all age groups.  The group received their first nominations this year for the Alberta Country Music Awards for Group of the Year and Fan’s Choice.  Although they did not win they tweeted “We didn’t win but we had fun” as the group had also performed at the awards ceremony in Red Deer on Sunday, January 27.

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