Curling fundraiser first of its kind

By Kassidy Christensen

February 14, 2017 12:00 AM

HURRY! The Lloydminster Golf and Curling Club will be holding a fundraiser February 17 with a live performance from Canadian Idol finalist and Lloydminster local Earl Stevenson. Proceeds from the event will go towards curling rink improvement projects. KASSIDY CHRISTENSEN LLS PHOTO

The Lloydminster Golf and Curling Club (LGCC) will be hosting its first fundraiser to support the local Curling Club.
On Feb. 17, guests can enjoy a dinner, 50/50 draw, raffle prizes and a live performance from local Canadian Idol finalist Earl Stevenson to raise funds for curling rink improvement projects.
Lindsay Makichuk, Supervisor, Curling Operations for LGCC, said all money raised will strictly go towards the curling rink and help cover three major improvement areas.
“We’re going to (put in) new and complete carpeting around the perimeter of the curling ice surface, we’re going to put a fresh coat of paint along the interior walls, and then lastly we’re going to buy new brooms for our user groups that come in.”
The LGCC is looking to have the projects completed and ready by the start of the 2017-18 curling season.
With a membership base of 200 members and more than 1000 visitors from Lloydminster, the LGCC is “Something we want to highlight to people and showcase the excellent facility we have here,” Makichuk said.
“We have tons of school groups that come in and use our brooms, corporate events that happen, team builders, family fun events, so people do use quite a bit of our equipment and we just want to make sure people have a positive experience when they come here by seeing what we have to offer as a City of Lloydminster facility.”
The LGCC also hosts eight major bonspiels throughout the year, two of which are Canadian level events, Makichuk explained.
“We have Canadian level junior teams that come here and attend an event in October, and the Women’s World Curling Tour will happen at the end of November.”
Touting Earl Stevenson as a great talent, Makichuk recalls “Being on the phone non-stop (to vote) while he was on Canadian Idol,” and said he’s a good hometown name with a strong voice.
“I think he’ll bring a big crowd here,” she said.
Makichuk said ticket sales are going well and they hope to reach a goal of at least 40 tickets sold.
Tickets are still available and can be purchased online for $60 through eventbrite.ca or by contacting the LGCC at 306-825-3406.

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