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Gimli Kiwanis fundraiser a big success

Gimli & District Kiwanis
From left to right: MC Obby Khan, Terry Sekhon, Gordon Payne and Marsha Barenz.

From left to right: MC Obby Khan, Terry Sekhon, Gordon Payne and Marsha Barenz.

The Kiwanis Club of Gimli wishes to thank everyone who supported its recent Gala, Kiwanis Kabaret, May 26, 2012. Over 220 people attended this event, which netted a profit of $14,000 for club projects such as supporting our youth to attend educational conferences, donations to Evergreen Basic Needs, playgrounds, special needs in the community, Project Eliminate - where the goal is to eliminate neonatal tetanus in Africa - and many others.

Former Blue Bomber player Obby Khan was the MC and keynote Speaker. The audience was inspired by both Obby and Cory Johnson, Governor of Kiwanis International Western Canada, who shared their stories - each one a wonderful example of how determination and a positive attitude can overcome the huge challenges that life brings our way.

A gourmet meal was served by Ludwick Catering of Birds Hill. The evening's entertainment was provided by Luke and Murray who played to rave reviews by all. A dance capped off the night.

A Kabaret raffle, silent auction and special raffle were also held. Home Hardware, Sandy Hook Golf Club and Links on the Lake all donated prizes for the Kabaret Raffle. The prizes for the special raffle included a water colour painting donated by Dave McNabb, a weekend for two at South Beach Casino and Resort, a Blue Bomber jersey and football autographed by Buck Pierce and a basket of beverages donated by Diageo Canada.

Gimli & District Kiwanis was also touched by the spontaneous generosity of Eddie's Gravel, who donated $4,000 worth of hardtop for a spur of the moment auction.

A big thanks to over 100 silent auction donors! People commented that this was the best Silent Auction that they had seen in years. Kiwanis is grateful for the support of its Corporate Table Sponsors: Eddie's Gravel; Neil Bardal Funeral Centre/MacKenzie Funeral Centre; Peter Bjornson, MLA; Gilbart Funeral Home; Northland Plumbing; Kinsmen and Kinettes of Gimli; the Rotary Club of Gimli; Lakeview Resort; KC Enterprises and Hugh's Electric. The Rotary Club did a wonderful job of bartending and their assistance was greatly appreciated.

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