The Ponoka Stampeders annual fundraiser brought folks together for dancing, a good meal and many silent auction items.
Held Nov. 5 at the Kinsmen Community Centre, the event also brought local favourite Jamie Woodfin and his band for entertainment and dancing.
Fundraiser organizer Debbie Lamey said the fundraiser is intended to help pay for the many road trips and other operations for the Stampeders in this busy season. While attendance was down from last year, she was pleased to see folks having fun.
A big item at the silent auction was a specially framed Connor McDavid jersey that is sure to be a source of pride for the person who wins it. Lamey said the goal is to continue to sell raffle tickets for the jersey at community events and at other home games.
“We’ll be selling more tickets around the community,” said Lamey.
Lamey expects to try something new for next year. Her hope is to bring a ventriloquist to the stage.
Other Stampeders events to look out for is a special home game against the Red Deer Vipers Dec. 4. The fundraising night will benefit the Santas Anonymous campaign. Lamey said there will be a special toque, mittens, scarf and socks toss during the game.
“I hope that a lot of our fans will come that night,” said Lamey.
There are two other special dates; one with a fans appreciation day where the first 72 attendees will receive a special gift and then a family skate where the Stampeders players skate with aspiring hockey players.
More details on those two events will be released once dates are confirmed.