By Susan Lowndes
Kickoff for the Kelvington and District Health Care Facility Foundation lottery took place March 5 at the Kelvington Legion Community Centre. Charlene Currie, chairperson of the lottery fundraising committee, said the day’s events were planned as the official launch of the lottery ticket sales.
“This lottery will culminate with the fundraising festivities planned for June 7 in Kelvington,” Currie explained. Three thousand tickets have been printed and prizes total more than $60,000.
There will be two Early Bird draws of $500 each and the First Prize of the official lottery is a $20,000 home renovation package, followed by a golf-and-stay getaway for four, valued at $15,000, hosted/donated by Wendel Clark at his cottage. Other prizes include a side-by-side valued at more than $15,000 and a riding lawnmower valued at $5,000. Draw number five is for a 50-inch LED television, valued at $900.
All proceeds from the lottery will go to the Foundation. “The important thing to remember about this lottery, and any of the fundraising we are doing, is that these funds will not benefit only the community of Kelvington. We are raising money for the new integrated healthcare facility that will benefit a wide area of people.”
Tickets can be purchased by calling a toll-free number manned by members of the lottery fundraising committee, mailing in the ticket request included in the official lottery brochures sent out in the mail, or by purchasing in person at Accent Credit Union.
Ticket sales end on June 4, and the events planned for June 7 include a breakfast, lunch and community supper, lottery-winner announcements and a meet-and-greet with local sports celebrities.
The lottery is no small venture for the Health Care Facility Foundation, Currie noted. “I got involved with the lottery because it’s important to me personally that we have health care provided here, in Kelvington; that was a major reason my family moved to Kelvington – because they have a hospital here. We (the committee) want to support the community we live in and its future. To me, this integrated facility is the future of this community.”
Committee members include Currie, Candace Patrick, Shelley Feairs, Sharon Ceslak, Betty Ann Hillestaad, Arlene Feairs, Yvonne Peters and Annette Dubé.