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Angels Within Us gear up for massive fundraiser

Friday, 10 November 2017. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Angels Within Us gear up for massive fundraiser

Angels Within Us gear up for massive fundraiser

By Shannon Robison

For eight years, Angels Within Us has been hosting an annual fundraising event and providing assistance to those in need in the town and MD of Pincher Creek.

The Nov. 18 gala has a specific focus this year and will help anyone affected by the Kenow wildfire that devastated Waterton Lakes National Park and surrounding ranchland in September.

Sherry Mackenzie, president of the organization, says past efforts have seen about $50,000 raised at each gala, and the group has its sights set on bringing in $150,000 this year.

“With 20-plus families to help, and losses much larger than we have dealt with in the past, this should put a dent in those losses,” Sherry says.

Money from other community events — like the Co-op’s Taste of Pincher Creek and Lions pub, the Corb Lund concert, the Elks WestJet raffle and donations made through ATB Financial and North & Co. LLP — will all be combined and administered by Angels Within Us.

Applications for assistance have been distributed already to all known victims of the fire.

“This is a special year for Angels and we have extended our borders to include everyone affected by the fire,” Sherry says. “This is a unique situation because the fire had no borders.”

Donations to the Kenow Wildfire Fund will be accepted until Dec. 1.

Sherry assumes it will take until the end of the year to gather information from applicants and collect the donations.

Once all contributions are in hand, insurance claims have been dealt with and questionnaires have been received and evaluated, subcommittees from Angels Within Us and the Twin Butte Community Society will begin meeting with applicants.

Sherry says decisions will then be made as to how to cover losses that remain outstanding and distribution of funds will be finalized.

“We encourage anyone to contact us if they, or someone they know, has not received a questionnaire,” she says. “We have this responsibility to give to all those affected, so please let us know if we are missing anyone. People want to help all who were affected in some way.”

Sherry is excited to have Reese Klaiber and his daughter Morgan providing entertainment at this year’s gala. She describes the Canadian country music artist as a “dedicated, kind and hardworking man,” and says they are lucky to have him coming to Pincher Creek.

There are also great items up for auction, including trips, signed sports jerseys, amazing artwork, a half mile of fencing, a unique stud service and a Twin Butte historical quilt.

“We are feeling like community support for this event and for these families is as great and amazing as ever,” Sherry says.

Businesses like Shell, TransCanada and Suncor have expressed interest in supporting the fundraiser as well.Angels Within Us has assisted 14 individuals or families already this year.

“We do feel confident that the funds remaining in our account will be enough to cover all requests in 2018,” Sherry says.

“Again, the question is easy,” she adds. “Would you change places with them? If your answer is ‘No, thank you,’ then it is easy to decide to help in some way.”

“Big for some, small for others — we love it all! It all helps and goes towards the big picture or, in this case, the big Kenow Wildfire Fund that we all hope is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

There are only about 50 tickets left, so give Colleen Parkin a call at 403-627-2594 to secure yours today.