Slopes for Hope Kimberley exceeds fundraising goal

Slopes for Hope raised $24,599 for the Canadian Cancer Society this past weekend

Kimberley firefighters made up a team for Slopes for Hope.

Kimberley firefighters made up a team for Slopes for Hope.

Slopes for Hope raised $24,599 for the Canadian Cancer Society this past weekend, and there’s still a lot more coming in. With the fundraising goal being $20,000, organizers could not be more pleased with the result of the day, which saw teams downhill ski at Kimberley Alpine Resort or cross-country ski at the Kimberley Nordic Club. And funds are still coming in.

“It just keeps ticking a little higher,” said Jenn Smith from the Cancer Society. We totally knocked the fundraising goal out of the park. What a fantastic community!”

The opening ceremonies included remarks from Mayor Don McCormick and Ted Funston (Area Manager of Kimberley Alpine Resort) and then the first chair went up. On it were Mayor McCormick, Ted Funston, Ron Jenkins from Investors Group, a major sponsor of Slopes for Hope, and Gord Jenkins.

Nine different prize packages were raffled off, plus two separate 50/50 draws were held during the day, says committee chair Sonya Parker.

“Craig Hillman did a great job of emceeing during the day,” said Parker. “He provided colourful commentary on the progress made by the teams of skiers, boosted our sales of raffle and 50/50 tickets, and kept our schedule on track.”

– Fundraising awards were given out to the following:

– Top Fundraising Youth was Sawyer Popovitch (who is 6 years old), who raised $168

– Top Fundraising Individual was Gord Jenkins, who raised over $4500

– Top Fundraising Team was the Up The Creek Divas, who raised over $1400