Community societies adapt fundraising strategies

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Community societies and clubs, such as local Lions and Ag clubs, are normally gearing up for fundraising activities this time of year.

With the ongoing rise in COVID-19 cases, many are facing the unprecedented challenge of finding alternative fundraising platforms and cancellations. Funds raised by these clubs and societies are used to help support and improve local communities, and groups are working to find COVID-safe alternatives to their normal fundraising activities.

Rockyford Mayor Darcy Burke told the Mail, “The Village of Rockyford was concerned about lost revenues of our non-profit groups and adjusted our 2020 budget to provide financial support to those groups. Currently the Village of Rockyford has financially supported the Rockyford Library with $5,000, the Rockyford Ag Society with $17,032, and the Rockyford Community Centre with $19,983.”

This year, the Standard Lions Club will hold its regular Community Fundraising Auction online in partnership with Premier Auctions. Residents and businesses interested in donating items for auction can contact Alan Larsen at 403-901-6411 or by email at akl@cciwireless.ca to arrange pick-up. Those who wish to bid on items must register an account with Premier Auctions and search for Standard Lions Fundraiser; bids open Friday, December 4 and close Friday, December 11.

In 2019 the Standard Lions Club raised $57,150 which helped provide support to several community organizations, including the Standard Ag Society, Standard 4-H Sheep Club, Standard Municipal Library, the Standard Curling Club, among others.

A goal of $75,000 is set for this year, though a decision on the allocation of funds has not been made at this time.

The Hussar Ag Society is also moving their annual Stag Auction to an online format. Five items are set to be auctioned and bids can be emailed to hussaragsoc@gmail.com; the highest bid for each item will be issued the prize with cash donations also being accepted. Bids close Friday, December 4 at midnight.

Delia & District Ag Society cancelled their annual community fall fair in October and do not have plans for fundraising activities within the next year.

The Carbon Lions are also not holding fundraising events at this time. However, the Carbon Library has been busy with numerous fundraisers this year; contact librarian Jay-Lynn Boutin at

acarmlibrary@marigold.ab.ca for more information, or to place an order for one of their ongoing fundraisers.

Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Drumheller Mail