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Elks Casino Night gambles on town’s support

Hank Van Hierden

Hank Van Hierden

Fort Macleod Elks and the Royal Purple are joining forces for a fund-raiser that will support many worthy causes in the community.
The Elks Casino Night, which has the theme “Bikers and Babes,” gets under way at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall.
The Fort Macleod service club has poured more than $65,000 into community projects over the past five years.
“The proceeds from this event may be eligible for matching grants from our larger provincial organizations, and will be used for even bigger community projects in 2018,” Elks Club president Hank Van Hierden noted in a letter to town council.
Anyone interested in making a cash donation or donating a raffle prize should contact Van Hierden at 403-308-1737.
Tickets are available from Jill Burrows at 403-382-7531, Niesje Vanden Dool at 403-715-4042, Taren Van Hierden at 403-929-1734 or Crazy Stitch at 403-795-1531.
The Elks have funded a variety of organizations and projects with proceeds from the casino night.
Recipients include Kids First Family Center, $13,200; Fort Macleod Community Initiatives Association, $13,000; the playground committee, $12,000; Minor Hockey, $5,500; Royal Purple, $2,800; Lions Club, $2,750; and Alberta Elks Foundation, $1,450.
Fort Macleod Sharks Swim Club received $1,000 and similar amounts went toward the purchase of a wheelchair for a local child and the Wolfpack sports program at W.A. Day school.
Families in need received $800 from the Elks the 4-H Beef Club got $700, the Santa Claus Parade received $650 and the Elks Walk for Children was given $588.
Fort Macleod Royals baseball, Fort Macleod Curling Club’s youth program, Stavely Agricultural Society, and a bursary at F.P. Walshe school each received $500.
Fort Macleod Scouts received $400, the Elks gave $300 each to the community Halloween party and Children’s Festival, the Legion got $125 and the Community Christmas supper received $100.

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