SLIDESHOW: Community rallies for Stampede Association’s Wildfire Relief fundraiser despite some heavy rain

The Stampede Association’s Wildfire Relief Fundraiser over the weekend was a great success said Tim Rolph, president of the Williams Lake Stampede Association.

“We haven’t finalized all our numbers, but the auction looks like it was in the $23,000 range,” Rolph said. “Thank you so much to all the people that supported us.”

He said funds raised by donations for the children’s activities, breakfast, lunch and dinner events, Saturday and the Friday night and Saturday night beer garden and dance nights will be counted this week.

Funds raised will go toward providing assistance for non-profit community service organizations that have lost fundraising opportunities due to the wildfires this summer.

“The weather definitely affected us but we had some decent sized crowds,” Rolph said. “The rain came about three months late but with the summer we’ve had we’re not going to complain.”

It poured rain for the Friday and Saturday night beer gardens and dances with visiting and local bands but co-event organizer Lorne Doerkson said they still had about 400 people come out Friday night and another 600 people on Saturday night to dance in the rain.

The remote control car track set up by the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre proved a popular event at the Stampede Association’s Wildfire Relief fundraiser Saturday at the Stampede Grounds. Funds raised will go toward helping non-profit community service organizations that have lost fundraising opportunities due to the wildfires. Gaeil Farrar photo

Just Posted

Breadwinning RCMP Constable gives back to the community

One local RCMP officer donated 1,600 loaves of Dempster’s bread to the community last Thursday.

Tuba John Memorial Concert rings in the Christmas season

The night was a fun, festive crescendo of local talent

Prolonged drought causing dangerous avalanche conditions: Avalanche Canada

The warning includes the Cariboos where the risk for human-caused avalanches remains high

COLUMNS: Two places to store water as protection against changing climate

Farmers and ranchers deal with changes every day. More extreme events jerk us around.

Pozzobon takes first-place aggregate at Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Pozzobon captured the first-place aggregate cheque of $67,269 to win $117,884 in Las Vegas

REPLAY: B.C’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

Canucks score 3 power-play goals in 4-2 win over Oilers

Vancouver sniper Boeser has 6 goals in last 5 games

Microscopic parasite found in Prince Rupert water affecting thousands

More than 12,000 residents affected by the boil water advisory issued Dec. 14

Trudeau lashes out at Conservatives over migration “misinformation”

Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk.

B.C. hockey coach creates ‘gear library’ to remove cost barrier of sport

Todd Hickling gathered donations and used gear to remove the cost barrier for kids to play hockey.

Canada’s ambassador meets with second detainee in China

Global Affairs says John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, met with Spavor Sunday

‘They’re coming:’ Flying cars may appear in urban skies by 2023

Air taxis will number 15,000 and become a global market worth $32 billion by 2035

B.C. VIEWS: Andrew Wilkinson on taxes, ICBC and union changes

Opposition leader sees unpredictable year ahead in 2019

5 tips for self-care, mental wellness this holiday season

Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions urging British Columbians to prioritize self care through festive season

Most Read