Big community weekend
The eighth annual Scott MacDonald Memorial Day in Bonnyville raised $12,900. The goal coming into this past weekend was to reach the $12,000 mark. It seemed it was going to be a tough number to match, but the Bonnyville community really stepped up. Fans not only packed the stands for all three games, they also donated heavily at both the head shave, and silent auction.
“The community stepping up [made the difference]. We had a couple, and another lady that were going around. I heard from one [business] to make sure they had a letter from us. They said it was already taken care of.” Rhonda Kurek says of the community influence in the day’s success.
Silent auction raises huge money
The silent auction raised $6105 from 1 p.m. until close during the Voyageurs night game. There were about eighty items up for bid in the auction. Some items included gift cards, tool kits, and kids games. The tent was packed throughout the day as people browsed the items.
Head shave a special one
The head shave raised $6845 towards the cause, but was special for much more than that. What started out as two Bonnyville ladies shaving their hair evolved into a challenge. A Cold Lake woman (pictured below on the right) who had come to watch the game came to the donation table with the challenge. She asked that if people could raise another $200 she would shave her head as well, and it was blown out of the water. She raised an extra $100. Cassie Christians (pictured below in the middle), the female Bandits player who cut more than half her hair off raised over $1500 alone.
PHOTO CREDIT: Skye Christians
Other community members responded, and challenged the crowd for donations in exchange for their hair coming off. Gary Mostert from Rednecks with a Cause raised over $200, and cut his hair and beard off. Our own UncleCurtis, Curtis Hargrove himself, shaved his head in support.
Very special day
The eighth annual Scott MacDonald Memorial was by every sense of the word a success. It seems each year the event gets better and better. The $12,900 raised sets a nice mark to reach in Fall 2018. Kurek would like to thank everyone who volunteered, or came out and were a part of making the day a success. The funds raised will go towards Bonnyville Amateur Football Association cancer initiatives.
Next steps at Walsh Field
Before the night game between the Royals and Voyageurs, Walsh Field had it’s ribbon cutting. Million dollar donor Ray Scott donated officially donated another $1.1 million to help complete the vision for the stands, and other amenities planned for Walsh Field.