Auction funds community projects

After a delicious rib roast dinner those who attended the Kinsmen Club’s live auction bid generously

After a delicious rib roast dinner those who attended the Kinsmen Club’s live auction bid generously and mustered a preliminary profit of $17,000.

The Kinsmen have three ongoing projects that the money could go toward.

“We have a short-term goal, we’re building a toboggan hill,” said president Tom Hamilton.

The idea of the hill received positive feedback and Hamilton says the town also likes it. However there’s no location yet and nothing is set on paper.

The Kinsmen also have a mid-term goal of updating Ponoka’s two oldest parks; Central and Riverside. “We wanted a market survey of which is a higher importance,” said Hamilton.

The long-term goal is a BMX track. Hamilton says if the town goes ahead and constructs a new recreation grounds the added track will be for the Alberta BMX circuit.

Last year’s auction raised $15,000. “We are very happy with the amount of support the community has given us,” said Hamilton.

Items up for auction this year included several pieces of art, an eagle statue that sold for $150, and chair and couch that sold as a set for almost $700.

Other Kinsmen projects run to give back to the community include their annual phone books, school scholarships as well as donations of sports equipment and funds to the youth centre.