Over $28,000 raised at Acme Sportsman’s Dinner

Acme Sportsman Silent Auction

The Acme Alumni Sportman’s Dinner and Silent Auction held Thursday, May 31 in support of safe transportation for the tri-campus students from Acme, Linden and Carbon raised over $28,000, sold 336 tickets to the event, and had over 150 items for silent auction and bucket sales. That is a major success in anyone’s books. This was the 8th Sportsman’s Dinner, a major fundraiser for maintaining two buses. The recent tragedy for Humboldt Saskatchewan “stirred”, said Murray Huddle, teacher/coach, “the emotions of families in our communities as we too faced tragedy in 2004. During both of these accidents, the support for the teams and their families was heartfelt and appreciated.”

The purchases of a new 2009, 28 passenger bus, and later a second 2011, 32 passenger bus are currently used by both Dr. Elliott and Acme Schools for elementary, junior high, and high school field trips. Mr. Huddle explained that the sports teams use the buses as well, with 33 trips booked in February alone. Recent bookings also include seniors, church groups, soccer, hockey, an an Ag Business Tour. In 2016, there were over 160 bookings and in this school year there will be over 190 bookings. In the last two years, the busses have logged over 70,000 km. “If those school trips used School Division bussing for example, the cost would be $70,000 and school budgets would take a major hit, and would likely have included increased sports fees and field trip fees.”

Thanked this evening in special recognition was Ms. Connie Rieger. “She has tremendous heart for this fundraiser, and dedicates endless hours to make this event a huge success.” Connie is retiring and this will be her last Sportsman’s Dinner.

In lieu of a guest speaker this year they instead had a ‘fitness panel’ consisting of Janelle Leinweber, Amanda Rieger and Sarah Wiafe. The system used to pick which tables got to go eat, asked that someone at a table had to perform a fitness routine, which could include 25 pushups, 25 volleyball sets in a row, skipping, lunges, soccer moves, hula hoop, or jumping jacks, to name just a few.

Emmett Sawyer facilitated the questions asked to the panel and also interviewed three former alumni champions - Provincial winners Patrick Woodlands (the teams he played on won both Volleyball and Basketball Provincials), Albert Neufeld (played on the team that was the first team to win a Provincial Banner, which was volleyball), and Shaun Gorr (Basketball Provincials).

This kind of support does not happen in a vacuum and anyone who contributed in any way is appreciated and thank you’s need to be extended. The list is incredibly long.