The Wheatland Senior Centre board held a draw yesterday afternoon for a raffle fundraiser, with a total of 34 prizes drawn for prizes donated by local businesses.

President Teresa Istace says they started selling tickets in December, and in all they sold 4,300 tickets, raising around $8,000 to help refinish the floor in the main activity room.

"I want to thank Canadian Tire and the Canadian Wholesale, they let us sell as many tickets as we could there, so whenever we could get in, we got in there. [Prairie Sky] Coop let us in for one day too, so I'd like to thank them [for] the cooperation, and I like to thank everybody that supported us and donated prizes."

In all, 34 names were drawn for the prizes, for which top prize was $500 donated by Weyburn Dodge, which was won by Waneen Jorgensen. Second prize, won by Sharon Broland, was $200 donated by RD Family Funeral Chapel & Crematorium and Mryglod's Steel. The third prize, won by Denise Phillips, was $200 in the form of two gift cards for Coop, which were donated by the Mainil family. Fourth prize was a Jacuzzi suite at the Canalta Hotel worth $200, which was won by Velma Hoffman. After that, 30 more names were drawn for the smaller prizes.

"I wasn't quite expecting that, but we did good when we went around soliciting so, and we can't do it without something like this." 


Istace said this was the second time they'd done the fundraiser as a raffle draw, having previously distributed prizes as a White Elephant exchange. 

"We're planning on fixing this floor. It needs to be refinished and it's been 10 years since it was refinished. It only lasts so long, so it's time to redo them," she noted, adding they use the room for dances and a lot of games. "We have a lot of games in here. We have cribbage, we have everything. The shuffleboard  [inlaid lines] was here before, and we'll leave it there in case somebody gets interested in the floor shuffleboard again. I asked if we could remove that, and they said no."

Jerry Mainil Ltd. also donated $2,500 last year, which will go toward the flooring project.

Istace noted that last year they were able to renovate the outside deck thanks to donations from Prairie Sky Coop ($15,000) and Kingston Midstream ($25,000). Farm Credit Canada helped fund some new air conditioners.

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