Fans of Ponoka Minor Hockey came out in droves to support the association’s fundraising gala Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Stagecoach Saloon.
The evening brought music from the Celtic band St. James Gate and organizers had a fun list of ways to raise money for minor hockey programming in Ponoka, said president Julie Feragan.
“I think it was very well attended. People enjoyed themselves from what I understand,” she said.
Last year, the group raised more than $20,000 from a fundraiser gala and Feragan said they have high hopes for this year. Money from the fundraiser goes to helping keep the price of hockey down for families as well as pay for equipment such as jerseys and other costs.
“We want to be able to have affordable hockey in our community,” said Feragan.
Participants could bid on a large variety of silent and live auction items with a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins jersey selling at auction for $1,200 said Feragan. She feels the evening would not have been so successful without the families and businesses that supported their efforts.
Players from the Midget A Fountain Tire Wolves were also there selling 50/50 tickets to help pay for the provincials tournament they are hosting in March. Feragan said one player sold 180 50/50 tickets at $5 each. “It went very well for those boys.”
Another big fundraiser that sold out of tickets was a Plinko Board giving hopefuls a chance to win free ice time, an iPad, golf certificates or other prizes.
While final numbers were not in at press time, Feragan feels the evening brought in thousands of dollars.