Kinsmen live auction planned

The Kinsmen Club of Ponoka is pulling out all the stops for their second live auction fundraiser.

The Kinsmen Club of Ponoka is pulling out all the stops for their second live auction fundraiser.

Besides a menu that includes prime rib, participants will be able to dance to local entertainment picked by the club, said treasurer Greg Braat. “It’s going to be a blast.”

Last year’s fundraiser brought in more than $15,000 and Braat, along with co-chair Kenny Groot, felt the dinner was a positive way to thank philanthropists for their generosity.

There will be both a live and a silent auction during the evening for funds going toward a new toboggan hill.

“The bottom line is the Kinsmen try to respond to the community’s greatest need,” explained Braat.

There are two other plans for the club; to update some aged playgrounds and to develop a BMX track. The track is a long-term goal for the club, explained Braat. The club hopes to have the track developed in such a way that maintenance is minimal but can be used in BMX Canada sanctioned events. “What we’d like to see is a track that is suitable for competitive races.”

A location has not been chosen for the toboggan hill but Braat feels somewhere along the river valley would be ideal. The club has started discussing the idea with Wes Amendt, director of community services for the town.

“We look for things that are low cost if it can be,” expained Braat.

The auction is April 20 at the Kinsmen Community Centre at 5:30. Tickets are running out so contact Greg Braat at 403-304-2829 or Kenny Groot at 403-318-6847.