Fundraiser for first responders, veterans hits third year

Local man began event as a way to help other fellow soldiers

A fundraiser that helps support veterans and first responders with their mental health is once again on the horizon.

The Wounded Warriors Remembrance Day fundraiser is slated for Nov. 8 at the Ponoka Royal Canadian Legion with the doors opening at 7 p.m. and the music kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

Markus Sommer, after organizing and sponsoring the event on his own for the last two years, has brought on a local business as a partner.

“I started this because I was in the infantry for five years and this is a charity that is close to my heart,” Sommer stated.

“So I wanted to raise some funds for this, but this year as it is a community event I hoped to bring some local business in and Siding 14 Brewery was gracious enough to want to be a part of it.”

Sommer is hoping that the event, now in its third year, will reach or surpass the $2,500 that was raised in 2018.

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Sommer, who is a also a musician, as well as Shaela Miller and her band from Lethbridge.

Miller is best known for playing classic country, but also touches on the new wave country of today. Although, she really describes her music as “honky tonk.”

Sommer added there will also be a number of silent and live auction items up for bid as well as a 50-50 draw, with all of the proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors charity.

Advance tickets are available for $15 each at the Ponoka Legion and at Siding 14. Tickets will also be available at the door for $20.

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