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Saturday , 24 July 2021
Ronald McDonald House Charities home in Edmonton

RMHCNA Hockey Tournament Gets Support, and Expanding

One of last winter’s new charity events is getting renewed support for 2019.

The M.D. of Bonnyville gave their support for the Ronald McDonald’s House Charities Winterland Invitational hockey tournament at yesterday’s council meeting.

RMHCNA was asking for $8000 and support to use the rinks.

The tournament raises money to keep families together during times of illness at the Ronald McDonald House.

The Town of Bonnyville will soon decide on support as well.

This year, the Winterland Invitational is expanding from 24 to 36 teams, and to a third ice surface in Elk Point (Bonnyville and Glendon will continue to host).

Stakeholder Relations Manager lakeland region, Oreen Skiba, says it could bring 550 families to the lakeland region next February which helps the local economy.

“These families are gonna a place to eat, a place to play, a place to stay, and they’ll be looking at the Bonnyville community to do that,” said Skiba during the town meeting Tuesday.

The atom and novice level tournament raised over $110,000 on Family Day weekend in 2018.

The event came out of their community engagement committee which sought to create a signature event in Bonnyville.

The hope is to grow the Winterland Invitation tournament to a 100 team draw in the future.

If you’re interested in volunteering contact Oreen Skiba at 780-217-6020.

A view of the first tournament can be seen here.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.