Staff from then Ponoka Composite High School, pose at the second annual Santa Showdown. The fundraiser event is now in its 25th year with the money to benefit the school’s Santas Anonymous program. In the picture are (front row, l-r) Bryan Martin, Karen David, JP Desaulniers, Val Brooks, Rollie Comeau and Grant Sharp; and (back row, l-r) Lyle Krause, Neil Christiansen, Brady Teeling, Blaine Haines, Lawrence Hrycan, Bill Crawford and Ron Labrie. Photo submitted

Fun events set for Ponoka Secondary Campus’ 25th Santa Showdown

This year the school is putting on several fun events including a Score-O and skate showcase

Ponoka Secondary Campus’ Santa Showdown is in its 25th year and the school is putting in all the stops to make sure it’s a strong event.

The popular Grade 12-students-versus-teachers hockey match is set for Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex with a few additions to the event, explained teacher Ron Labrie.

Along with the fun game, a Score-O is being organized, plus there will be a skate show by the Ponoka Ice Sensations, said Labrie. The goal is to beat the fundraising dollars of 2012, which ended up with $4,090.

Why is this event so special? Over the last 24 years the Showdown has raised $31,000, mostly from the Toonie and Loonie donations for tickets.

Along with the fun antics, a representative from the Oilers office will be in town to auction off a special 40th anniversary hockey stick with all the team’s signatures on it.

The evening promises to be a fun one.

“It’s awesome that we’re able to continue this tradition in the school,” said Labrie.

He added that the pubic is welcome to join in the stands to take in the fun evening. Past teachers are also being invited to attend.

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