The third-annual “Curl for Cancer” here Saturday was a great success again this year, event co-ordinator Nadine Johnson said.
“I’m overwhelmed,” she remarked. “We were down two teams from last year and raised over $3,000 more.”
The event saw 28 teams raise $15,333.31 for the Canadian Cancer Society.
“I thought we’d only get about $10,000 since we’re down teams,” Johnson added. “I guess we have a really kind and giving community.”
Participants began play Saturday morning—sacrificing the chance to enjoy the beautiful spring-like weather outside to have a wonderful time inside.
“Everybody had fun again this year,” Johnson remarked.
Though curling was the backbone of the event, it wasn’t about the competition. “I think people enjoy coming out and having fun,” Johnson said.
All day long, there was music playing on the ice. And when they weren’t curling, members of the Rainy Lake Highlanders performed Celtic and other music for those gathered upstairs.
The Highlanders even piped teams onto the ice during one draw, like you’d see at a national championship, and wore kilts while they curled.
“It’s something different to wear the kilts,” said Bill McEvoy.
“It adds to the entertainment,” echoed Don Hayward. “It was a good day.”
Certainly another highlight came after the banquet Saturday night when two people volunteered to shave their heads to raise even more money.
Earlier in the day, Paul Morrison agreed to have his head shaved if those on hand would raise $100 for the cause. He ended up raising $200.76—and saw not only his head shaved off but his goatee, too.
“I needed a spring haircut anyway,” he joked. “It’s just a great cause.”
Meanwhile, eight-year-old Jason Goldamer, who was on hand to watch his older brother and mother curl in the event, was inspired to shave his head clean, too.
He petitioned the crowd for donations and raised an additional $147.60.
The elder Goldamer, 11- year-old Matt, was part of the youngest team in the funspiel. He was joined by Dana Cridland, eight, and her brother, Jeff, 10, as well as 10-year-old Joe Basaraba.
This team all did their own fundraising.
In fact, there were seven youngsters curling this year and all received a special “gift,” including Canadian Cancer Society T-shirts, for their participation.
When all the points were tallied after every team had played three, four-end games, the Jackie Windigo rink took top honours, with the Dave Bowman and Jim Avis teams coming in second and third, respectively.
Kevin Busch and his team once again earned the booby prize for coming in last
Becky Robinson was the top individual fundraiser, raising $1,150 in pledges, while her squad was tops among the teams ($1,875).