WWW fundraiser raises approximately $48,000

A Wounded Warriors Weekend fundraiser was hosted at the Don Ross Centre on Saturday, Nov. 5.

The event featured comedian Bobby Henline and country singer George Canyon.

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The day began with a meet and greet with the two performers for all Wound Warriors at the Gold Eagle Lodge Saturday afternoon. This year the Wounded Warriors present were not only from North Battleford, but from across the province.  

Before the event Canyon met with a diabetic nine-year-old boy named Canyon from Unity. George discussed the management of diabetes with Canyon and his family and encouraged Canyon to live his life to the fullest despite his disease.  It was a dream come true for Canyon, as George has been his role model ever since he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was five years old.

Battlefords MLA Herb Cox received an award from the Wounded Warriors Weekend Foundation for his involvement in the Wounded Warriors Weekend that was held in Nipawin the long weekend in August.

There were three presentations that night. Alf Christenson on behalf of the Saskatoon Anavets Curling Club presented Pat Varga, board member of Wounded Warriors Weekend Foundation, a cheque for $700. The Canadian Legion of Riders presented a cheque for $1,000 and Sonia Matthias donated $842.  She had organized a tradeshow and donated the proceeds to Wounded Warriors Weekend.

Scotia Bank was one of the main contributors of the evening. Scotia Bank was willing to match up to $5,000 of donations received during the event, with donations actually totaling $10,000. Overall the fundraiser drew in about $48,000, but the final tally has not been announced officially.

Raffle winners were: $1,000 - Kerry Kubik; $500 - Tammy Slager; $500 - Peggy Ferguson.

Plans are already underway for next year's Wounded Warriors Weekend fundraiser! If anyone has any questions or would like to help out with next year's event they can call Marlene at 306-445-7781.

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