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Mayor’s Charity Rodeo supports local students

September 14, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek
The annual Mayor’s Charity Rodeo took place at the Alliston Memorial Arena on Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept. 9 with show times at 2 p.m.
The event opened with the Clans of New Tecumseth Pipes and Drums, followed by a parade of the Alliston Colour Party. Beeton singer, Naomi Bristow sang O’Canada, and greetings were brought on behalf of the Town by local dignitaries, including His Worship, Rick Milne, Deputy Mayor Donna Gibson Jebb, and councillors  JJ Paul Whiteside, Fran Sainsbury and Marc Biss.
Up in the ‘Buzzards Nest Social Saloon & Bar’, the Alliston Lions Club served up Roadhouse Burgers, HotDigity Dogs and cold drinks, while the ‘Footloose Cloggers’ and ‘Dance the Line, Line Dancers’ entertained.
The ‘Ultimate Rodeo Tour’ featured bull riding, pole bending, bareback riding, bucking horse, barrel racing, and was fun for the whole family – with no cost to the municipality.
Proceeds from the indoor event, sponsored by Dodge Ram, Mark’s, Alberta Premium and Dickies, will be used to provide post-secondary bursaries to local students as well as provide funding for the New Tecumseth’s Youth Advisory Committee, basketball courts, Beeton Run/Walk for Mental Health, and support for Alliston’s first-ever Youth Symposium (September 19th at Banting Memorial High School).
Tickets, sold at the New Tecumseth Recreation Complex and the Tottenham Community and Fitness Centre were $15 for adults, $10 for youths age 13 to 17, and kids were free. Weekend passes were also available.
“Previous Mayor’s have chosen to have golf tournaments but I wanted to do something that the whole family could enjoy,” said Town of New Tecumseth Mayor, Rick Milne.
Total bursary funds, as raised by this event annually and divided between students (ranging from 14 students to 19 students per year), has grown from $20,000 to $24,000.
“These scholarships are given out to the students at a regular Monday night council meeting,” added Milne. “These meetings are free and open to the public for all to attend and see the awards received.
“I believe we live in a great community and proud that I can lend my name and title to any event that the whole family can attend and enjoy. Going forward I’m hoping the practice of a Mayor’s event will continue in some form. My recommendation is that it remains a tax free event to the community and to assist our young adults.”
“It was great to see so many new faces and old friends at the Mayor’s Charity Rodeo,” said Ward 1 councillor, Marc Biss. “Tens of thousands of dollars have been raised. Congratulations Mayor Rick Milne for your support of our kids and their futures!”
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