Lacombe City Councillor and Guest Chef at Cilantro and Chive signs her name on a novelty cheque made out to the Lacombe and District Historical Society. (Photo Submitted)

Lacombe City Councillor and Guest Chef at Cilantro and Chive signs her name on a novelty cheque made out to the Lacombe and District Historical Society. (Photo Submitted)

Over $1,000 donated to Lacombe and District Historical Society

The donation came from the proceeds from the February Burger of the Month at Cilantro and Chive

Cilantro and Chive, along with City Councillor Cora Hoekstra have made a donation of more than $1,000 to the Lacombe and District Historical Society.

Hoekstra acted as the guest chef for the popular restaurant in February, and the burger she designed, “The Spicy Yorkshire,” brought in $1,062 to be donated to the local charity.

The city councillor wanted to support a local organization that highlights the history of Lacombe and area.

“We need the Society to keep drawing our attention to the value of our buildings and ancestors, to appreciate how far we have come. I wanted to support an organization that is not always noticed,” Hoekstra said.

With the ongoing pandemic, provincial funding and donations have been severely reduced. The pandemic has also closed museums and cancelled community festivals, fundraising events, exhibit galas, and school tours.

The Lacombe and District Historical Society used the funds from donations and provincial grants for programming and exhibits.

Currently, the Society is working to preserve its extensive photography and negative collections, a large endeavour as there are thousands of negatives and prints in the care of the historical society.

The Lacombe and District Historical Society, who operates the Michener House Museum and Archives and the Blacksmith Shop Museum, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

With $2 from every Burger of the Month donated to the charity of choice, the Lacombe and District Historical Society received a total donation of $1,062.

In March, Al Scholing, of Scholing’s Produce, is acting as guest chef at the Lacombe restaurant. Proceeds from his “Loaded Potato Skin Burger” will be donated to Team Jigger Foundation.