Sack of cash helps fill Stocking fund

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:51 PM ET

They may have a little problem with geography but at least the hearts of these curlers were in the right place.

The Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club's second annual Cheer Board Challenge raised another sack of cash for our kids at Christmas through December.

But something happened to one of the donations on the way to the Sun. And it wound up with our friends from across the street. Not to worry since all the money raised goes to the same cause no matter who it goes through. It just means that not all of the record $1,227 raised at the club heads over to Cheer Board executive director Kai Madsen through our Empty Stocking Fund. The amount that appears here will be minus the $410 raised by the Friday Senior Men's League.

The rest of the cash comes from the $483 raised through the men's leagues, $100 from the Wednesday Night Ladies League, $54 from the other leagues, $100 from the club itself and another $80 from ex-CFB Curling Club members who wanted to keep the memory of that defunct club alive.

Thanks to all for digging into your pockets and special thanks to club manager Darlyne Fathers for twisting your arms. With a little help from her elves. Hope you all had a great Christmas and I wish you a rockin' New Year.

SHINNY STARS: Curlers were not the only ones who were so generous once again this yuletide. Chris Cottick's River Heights Hockey All-Stars came through with our annual donation in honour of former teammate Clarence Thio, who left us much too soon. The all-stars (at least in their minds) ponied up $250 in memory of the guy who loved the game so much. Clarence is still missed on the ice, where he starred on defence.

Thanks once again to my hockey friends for keeping this thing on skates. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday.

BIRTHDAY BOY: Now here's an idea I hope catches on all over. Louis Daoust and his friends recently celebrated his 50th birthday at the Windsor Hotel and raised $400 for the Cheer Board while raising the roof.

"All my friends and family had one great night celebrating my youthful age of 50, dancing the night away with music by the Perpetrators," writes Daoust, an independent biker and CN account development officer. "All my fellow Harley Motorcycle riders and family knew the money raised was going to the Cheer Board and thought that was an 'awesome' idea."

He added that people "were more than happy to donate to such a great cause, knowing other people would have a nicer Christmas and we chipped in in a very small way."

Could not have said it better myself. Happy Belated Birthday and hope you all had a great holiday.

PROFITABLE PARTY: The McDole Family started a similar tradition five years ago and for the fifth straight Christmas, it raised some cash for the Cheer Board, donating $135 through our Fund. Thanks once again and hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

MAILING: It is not too late to send whatever you can spare to the Sun's Empty Stocking Fund, 1700 Church Ave., Winnipeg, Man., R2X 3A2. Receipts will be issued for donations of $10 or more.

TODAY'S GOOD PEOPLE:

Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club's Cheer Board Challenge.........................................$817

River Heights Hockey All-Stars..................250

Louis Daoust 50th Birthday Party.............400

The McDole Family Party...........................135

"In Honour of My Father, John Motuz".....50

Bernard and Patricia McMullen.................50

Rosaire and Marguerite Rivard...................50

Anonymous.....................................................50

Lillian Meush.................................................25

Joy Pounds......................................................10

Today's Total.........................................$1,837

Total to Date..................................$51,437.04


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