Seniors Outreach Rally raises $60,000 to date

SRO Fundraiser Crowd

Over 450 area residents poured into the Three Hills Curling Rink on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. They all had one thing in mind, to show their support for the Seniors Outreach Program. The evening was themed, “One Enchanted Evening” - A Seniors Outreach Support Rally.
Organizer Tim Shearlaw started planning the evening back in March. Seniors Outreach had made it known that they were facing a deficit budget and were having to make decisions that would be critical to the future operation of the program. “Something had to be done,” said Shearlaw, “I felt the regional community would come out and really throw their support behind this.”
Like any fundraiser, he began door knocking. Tim was greeted with overwhelming enthusiasm.
The event would include a Roast Beef Buffet, 110 Silent Auction items, 34 Decadent Desserts and six larger items. The desserts and larger items were live auctioned by World Champion Auctioneer Jon Radcliffe.
“My team leads were fantastic,” said Tim, “Terry Ann Diack handled the food, Wendy Kingsmith was on desserts and Connie Tremblay collected the Silent Auction items.”
Add to all of this the idea that tickets to the event were complimentary.
“Servus Credit Union, Co-operators/ProPlan Financial, Traders Furniture and Appliance and Kneehill County covered my input costs with equal contributions,” said Tim, “the economic climate we’re in required a different approach to filling seats, so I gifted the tickets and explained the options of support available once they arrived at the event.”
And they arrived, and they supported. Every item up for bid was purchased. Donation envelopes were filled and the magical entertainment of John Kaplan received outstanding applause.
Over 50 volunteers helped the team leads with every detail, making the event a true regional community project.
“At the end of the day, with expenses paid, Seniors Outreach will receive $60,000 through the generousity of the people and businesses of this region,” said Tim.
Part of the project is the sale of advertising signs on their 2014 Community Bus. Tim has sold nine, to date, at $3,000 each. Tim adds, “The final seven signs will generate an additional $21,000. Taking everything into consideration, Seniors Outreach will end up with about $80,000.”