By Mallorie Rast, Kindersley Social, April 25, 2017
Community Event Raises over $40,000 for Pool Project
Zest of the West, presented by the Kindersley Big Dippers, proved to be a great success with an impressive selection of food and drinks, quality entertainment, and a special presentation of the new pool plans.
Last weekend, over 650 participants streamed through the doors of the West Central Events Centre to enjoy the 25 food, drink, and clothing vendors. “We had rave reviews from our contributing vendors,” noted Jamie Henry, chairperson of the Big Dippers. “Many said that they wanted to return for next year, which is really exciting to hear.”
It wasn’t only the vendors who were pleased that night. Attendees agreed that the products offered by the vendors and the entertainment provided by Brock Andrews and the Jem Creative Cabaret were well worth the tickets. The evening also boasted a live auction; a signed Connor McDavid Jersey (sponsored by Synergy Credit Union) sold for $5,500 to Ken Francis.
Between the ticket sales, the auction proceeds, and donations from vendors, the Zest of the West event garnered over $40,000 in profits. “That’s a fair chunk of cash, so we are pleased,” said Henry, noting that one of the vendors, Prairie Proud Apparel, donated 10% of their proceeds. “We want to send a huge thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers. Without their support, dedication and hard work we would not have been able to pull the event off.” Henry added that the Big Dippers is already planning a similar event for next year.
On behalf of the town, Mayor Perkins and Councillor Gary Becker unveiled the official pool design to the public. Also joining Mayor Perkins and Councillor Becker were Jeff Meyer, owner of Pro-Built Structures, and Brett Dyregrov, construction manager for Western Recreation; the chosen contractors for the pool project.
The project will include a Junior Olympic-sized lane pool, a 20-person hot tub, a 150 foot waterslide, and a 2,500 square foot leisure pool. Mayor Perkins says he and the counselors are looking forward to continued community involvement in the form of fundraisers and sponsorships in order to minimize possible tax increases. Mayor Perkins added that the sponsorship packages should be released within the next 4-6 weeks.
The Big Dippers is up for the challenge; already planning the Beer Gardens event during the upcoming rodeo, they group is also expanding their fundraisers to the form of a community calendar. Joining forces with artist Devon Coles from the Garden Gallery and JEM Creative Solutions, the Big Dippers will be releasing a new community calendar for the year 2018.
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