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Harley raffle raises over $20,000 for Hospice

Aaron Featherling of Cranbrook, Tracey Grove of Claresholm take first and second prizes — new Harleys

Aaron Featherling of Cranbrook, and Tracy Grove of Claresholm, Alberta, beat out more than 2,000 other hopefuls to become the lucky winners of a brand-new Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Feathering won first prize — a Breakout FXSB Softail — and Grove took second — a XG750 Street 750.

A third winner, Seth Gilsdorf of Creston, B.C., walked away with a $1,000 Harley-Davidson gift certificate.

The draw, which concluded the 2016 Harley-Davidson Fundraising Raffle, happened on December 26 in the Kimberley Platzl. Mayor Lee Pratt of Cranbrook and Kimberley city councillor Darryl Oakley were on-hand to draw the names of the winners —along with Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society directors, volunteers and staff — while dozens of ticket purchasers awaited the big news with fingers crossed.

“This event is driven by the generosity of Harley-Davidson of the Kootenays and Harley Owners Group – Kootenay Chapter and we can’t thank them enough for their continued support of our organization through the sponsorship of this amazing charitable raffle,” says Jeanne Davidson, executive director of the Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society.

This is the fourth consecutive year Harley-Davidson of the Kootenays has held an annual raffle of their iconic motorcycles with proceeds benefiting the Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society, which offers support services to individuals and their families who are dealing with death and dying. Close to $90,000 has been raised by the raffle for the charitable organization since 2013.

“On behalf of the board of directors I would like to thank all our sponsors as well as our dedicated staff and determined volunteers, who give their time and talent to ensure the event’s continued success,” says Terry Segarty, president of the Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society. “Thank you to Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett for his ongoing support and advocacy of the hospice society over the years, as well as Mayor Lee Pratt, Mayor Don McCormick and the Regional District of the East Kootenay.”

Valued 2016 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Raffle sponsors and supporters included:

• Harley-Davidson of the Kootenays

• Harley Owners Group – Kootenay Chapter

• Tamarack Centre

• Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre

• ABC Country Restaurant

• Hospice fundraising committee chairman, Don Davidson

• Overwaitea Foods, Kimberley

• Marysville Pub and Grill

• Real Canadian Superstore

• CUPE, Cranbrook

• Karen Grant, ticket sales organizer, Hospice Society

The Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society is a registered non-profit organization that provides comfort to individuals with terminal illness and support to their loved ones. All services provided by Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society are free of charge. Funds raised helps to support the programming, training and coordination of hospice and bereavement services.

Courtesy Jody Jacob