After some number crunching the results are in from this past Friday and Saturday’s Wildfire Relief Fundraiser in Williams Lake.
“We did a gross of somewhere around $95,000,” says Tim Rolph, President of the Williams Lake Stampede Association.
“Once we pull out our expenses it’s going to be in the $50,000 plus range, so we’re ecstatic about that.”
Rolph adds that it was beyond what he thought what they would do for a one and a half day event.
“If you came down and bought one beer or one hamburger you were part of this. There was no small donation, there was no small contributions. I think the community should feel good about themselves for coming down and supporting it in whatever way and showing what Williams Lake is about.”
Donations according to Director Lorne Doerkson are still coming in from individuals and organizations including the Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association who will continue to raise funds with a shoot near the end of this month.
He says that fundraisers have even been started by groups in Sicamous and Kelowna.
Funds raised through the Wildfire Relief Fundraiser are expected to be distributed to about 17 local charities and organizations sometime next week.