The Lacombe Rotary Daybreak Club hosted a successful New Year’s Eve fundraiser.
Rotary member Don Gullekson said the event held on Dec. 31st at the Lacombe Memorial Centre was a special fundraising evening for an individual in need in Lacombe.
“We raised over $3,000 for her and the family,” he said. “We still have some numbers coming in.”
Gullekson reports more than 200 people attended the ‘decades dance’, some in costume.
“We hope to make it an annual event,” he said. “In the future, the fundraising effort will go towards supporting local and community projects, which is the focus of our local club.”
Organizers would like to thank those who attended the event as well as the sponsors.
“And everyone else who contributed to this worthy cause,” added Gullekson.
The Lacombe Rotary Daybreak club consists of 15 members and hosts several fundraisers throughout the year.
One of the main fundraisers the group organizes is a golf tournament called the Lacoka Golf Challenge held jointly with the Ponoka Rotary Club.
The second annual installment of the tournament was held last August at the Wolf Creek Golf Resort. Funds were raised to support initiatives in the two communities – an elementary school playground in Ponoka and the Lacombe and District Special Olympics.
The club raised $5,000 for the Special Olympics group, which was used to buy new uniforms and attend tournaments and other events.
The Daybreak Club will also be hosting the annual Rotary wine tasting event this spring in partnership with the Lacombe Rotary Club, a second Rotary club in the area.
“We partner together on several causes,” said Gullekson, noting that both clubs donated funds towards a new Connex bus through Lacombe FCSS. “It’s often a joint effort towards a good cause.”