Cheque for $30,000 handed over to Lac du Bonnet Arena
By Lory Mitton
After winning $30,000 in a contest earlier this year, the Lac du Bonnet Minor Hockey Association presented the large sum of money to the Lac du Bonnet Arena Board on Aug. 28.
“I’m for keeping the arena alive. It’s very important for the young children in the community. Without the arena, there is no minor hockey and if anybody can help, they can donate to the Lac du Bonnet arena. We’ve got to work on our arena, it’s crumbling,” says Lisa Thomas, the parent volunteer who led the contest efforts.
Last year, minor hockey associations were challenged to collect and submit UPC codes from Delissio pizza boxes from Oct. 1, 2011 to Feb. 29, 2012. Each month, the community that sent in the most codes received a prize of $5,000. In addition, the town that collected the most codes throughout the promotion period would be served the $25,000 grand prize.
Despite a late start in the contest, volunteers from Lac du Bonnet submitted 600 codes in December 2011, securing one of the monthly prizes of $5,000. More codes were collected with the help of the staff of Campbells, Environmental Options and Bigway so that a total of 2,300 codes were submitted – enough to snatch the grand prize.
Seeing an opportunity to maximize the blessing, the Arena Board submitted an application for a government grant – the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, which aims to support the rehabilitation and improvement, including expansion, of existing community infrastructure.
“The grant application will double this money,” says Arena Treasurer, Tracy Neurenberg. “We’re looking at a dehumidifier, wheelchair access, making the building a nice area that’s more accessible, new lighting.”
For now the money will be put into an account until the board is ready with a well thought out plan.
“It’s getting harder and harder to maintain this facility,” says Trevor Jenvenne, Chair of the Arena Board. “It falls more and more on community members to ensure this arena stays viable and maintains a central role in the community.”
Jenvenne says he’s been using the building since he was 10 years old.
“My biggest goal is that I can use the facility for years and years to come. This $30,000 goes a long way to accomplishing that goal,” he said.