Nearly $160,000 in profits were realized by the Whitewood Curling Club at the 2019 SaskTel Tankard and Farmers and Friends Bonspiel that were held at the Whitewood Community Centre earlier this year.
The financial success of the two events, held just two months apart — the Tankard Feb. 6 to 10 and the Farmers and Friends March 28 to 31 — was released by the Whitewood Curling Club and Tankard committees on April 8 at an announcement meeting held at the Whitewood Community Centre. Several groups were on hand to accept donation cheques.
2019 SaskTel Tankard
“I am pleased to announced that the profits from hosting the 2019 Tankard were $93,845, all of which is going back into the community,” said Chad Kelly, Tankard co-chair and curling club president. Noting that it was one of the most successful Tankards ever held, Kelly commented, “We wouldn’t have been able to make this happen without the entire community coming together and everyone stepping forward to help out.”
From the profits, $55,000 was donated to six projects in the community, including $20,000 being allocated to a Zamboni replacement fund. The Whitewood Fire Department was also given $18,000 to help with their breathing apparatus upgrades, while $10,000 was donated to the handi-van committee for replacement of the vehicle.
Another $2,500 each was also set aside for future rent of Jet Ice Tanks as well as to help establish junior curling in the community. The Harmony Club was also presented with $2,000.
Close to $10,000 was also raised and donated to three local groups from the Tankard 50/50 draws. Whitewood Minor Hockey, Whitewood Figure Skating and junior curling each received $3,315 from the profits.
The Tankard also saw $28,900 in benefits paid to the Whitewood Community Centre including $14,725 in capital upgrades to the rink that were paid for by the Tankard, $7,875 in rental and $6,300 in kitchen profits.
Along with the profits that were distributed into the community, the Tankard committee also spent $74,015, including rent paid to the facility, at local businesses in Whitewood, Broadview, Moosomin, Stockholm, Rocanville and other small communities. That amount doesn’t include revenue made by hotels, fuel stations and restaurants or in-kind sponsorships.
Farmers and Friends Bonspiel
The annual Farmers and Friends Bonspiel also saw a record event this year with $65,500 in profits. In four years, the Farmers and Friends Bonspiel has raised $217,661. The first year saw $35,661 in profits with year 2 bringing in $53,000. Years 3 and 4 raised $63,500 and $65,500 respectively.
This year the profits came from $51,335 from the bonspiel events, including the auction and calcutta, with another $11,565 raised in bar profits and $2,600 in kitchen profits. From that, Wiggles & Giggles Daycare was paid $5,000 for working the kitchen and bar shifts ($2,600 paid by the facility and $2,400 paid by the bonspiel) and the Handi Van Committee was given $2,605 for looking after the 50/50. The community centre was also given a $7,500 donation for operating costs in lieu of rent — the bonspiel doesn’t pay rent but the facility gets the bar and kitchen profits.
The curling club committee will fund some smaller capital purchases for the curling club and community centre with the remaining money being handed out through a grant application that is available for download on the group's Facebook page. Deadline for applications is May 31.
As part of the Apr. 8 announcement about the profits from the two events, the now disbanded Pipestone Valley Jets ‘AA’ midget team also presented $4,000 to the Whitewood Fire Department to go towards their breathing apparatus update. Dennis Scott made the presentation on behalf of the team.