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Posted: March 2, 2018

Coldest Night raises $29,896 and counting

It takes a community with heart to make a difference.

Thank you to the community of Cranbrook for your overwhelming support!

The Coldest Night of the Year, held Feb. 24 in Cranbrook, had 180 walkers of all ages, 64 volunteers, 26 teams, and 30 plus sponsors!

The organizing team is thrilled with the results thus far raised in support of the homeless, hungry and hurting in our community. Our total of money raised as of event day stands at $29,896!

The numbers do not reflect our total as we are currently still inputting donations from event day in to the system, so our numbers will continue to grow. We can take donations up until March 31 on line or in person at Community Connections Society SE BC.

We want to express our overwhelming gratitude to all that supported in some capacity. We are proud of our efforts to bring awareness and truly proud of the support in the community.

We are very thankful for all the corporate support in monetary and in-kind donations and the support from the media in bringing awareness has been ten- fold.

EKC Team

A special thanks to the East Kootenay Community Credit Union for your lead and team support and Western Financial for being supporting lead.

Our rest stop sponsors, Tim Hortons and Hot Shots did a bang up job; everyone was thrilled with the goodies. And everyone raved about the soup and cookies provided by The Heid-Out Restaurant and Brewhouse team in the comfort of the Community Connections Centre, perfect venue for the finish.

For a second year running Team Heid Out Long Spoons won top team and Penny Coyle, member of Team Heid Out won top fundraiser (pictured above with Amanda). Congratulations to all the winners in each category awarded. Your efforts are truly appreciated!

A delightful edition this year was a music and light show provided by Just Music at our opening and closing ceremonies and the Sam Steel Sweethearts as welcome committee. Great ambiance!

Thank you to those in the community who supported by donating to team members, and supporting events within the event, like the Heid Out team raffle ( winner: Aemonn Morgan). Sunrise Rotary Rockies Film Festival (donations from opening night, screening of the documentary ‘Us and Them’) and those who supported Domino’s on event day with half the sales going to the event.

Domino’s Pizza will continue to take donations up until March 15 and those donations will enhance the amount raised by Louis and his team on event day, half the sales from the day came to $1,083.60 in support of the CNOY. A huge thank you for your tremendous support!

It was a great fun, family event enjoyed by all.

The best parts over the evening were the energy, laughter, and participants and volunteers talking about next year with enthusiasm!

Thank you Cranbrook and outlying communities, you have made a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable in our community.

Cold hands, warm hearts…

Submitted by Margy DeNeef Slute


Photography by Ashlee Dawn Photography


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