There were smiles all around at North Battleford City Hall on Monday night when Twin Rivers Curling Club representatives presented a hefty cheque for $100,000, part of the money the organization committed for its share to build the Northland Power Curling Centre.
The curling club credits the success of the 2017 Meridian Canadian Open-Grand Slam of Curling event, held in Jan. 2017 to help it raise the $100,000.
“We were very grateful to receive a cheque for $100,000 from the Twin Rivers Curling Club,” said Mayor Ryan Bater. “That is for the capital costs of the building of the Northland Power Curling Centre... We appreciate their commitment to that facility and to the enhancement of their organization.”
Twin Rivers Curling Club vice-president Doug Fehr said the money raised came from various sources, including advertising revenue, sponsorship ticket sales, and the 50-50 draw revenue.
Fehr added he has heard the event was actually the most successful grand-slam event ever held in Canada.
The new $8-million Northland Power Curling Centre opened in North Battleford in 2012. Fehr said during the fundraising campaign for the build, Twin Rivers Curling Club committed $500,000 to help construct the curling centre.
Twin Rivers previously gave $250,000. Around 2015, it agreed to pay the remaining $250,000 to the city over a 10-year period. It already gave $50,000 of that amount. So with Monday’s payment of $100,000, that leaves $100,000 left to pay to reach the half-million-dollar commitment.
"We'll complete that payment to the city well before the scheduled target," Fehr said. "It's a promise that was made a while ago, and it would be nice to remove that obligation to fulfil that."
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