Standard Skate-a-thon raises $25,000 for the installation of rink boards

Organizers estimate about $25,000 was raised during the Standard Agricultural Society’s Skate-a-thon, which took place at the Standard-Rosebud indoor arena on Feb. 21.

Celeste Christensen, who volunteered to help organize the event, said the donations collected were either lump sums or based on the number of laps participants skated around the arena.

During the event, a total of 3,788 laps around the arena were skated.

“The skate-a-thon did really well two years ago, we made over $11,000, so I was hoping we were going to make over $15,000 this time around,” Christensen said. “A few years ago we started building our outdoor rink… we did fundraising and all that, now we still have to do more (fundraising) to be able to install the boards.

The original goal of $15,000 for this year’s skate-a-thon was set to have a goal that encourages local skaters and donors to try and reach, a goal that was greater than the amount raised during of the event two years ago. The objective was largely exceeded.

Of about 100 people who came to participate, about 50 put on their skates and took to the ice, a turnout that would have been very similar to the last time the event took place.

“People had been talking about it and trying to find different ways to fundraise. We had a raffle and it was good, but it was a lot of work. It’s a lot better because (the community is involved) and everyone is having a great time,” Christensen said.

The outdoor rink project is the first of its kind at Standard, which began construction several years ago. The boards are simply the next step in its completion.

The rink boards are expected to cost around $85,000 to purchase and install.

“We get donations from our Lions all over the community, and of course from community members, and the village donates a lot and helps out. But it’s like if we wanted to get there, we had to fundraise,” Christensen said. “We cannot continue to ask for money and not make an effort to try and collect the money ourselves.”

Christensen added that the village of Standard was also providing a loan for the project, but did not specify the amount of the loan.

Installation of the panels is currently scheduled for June, with the intention of pulling the trigger and completing the work before the cost of the project continues to rise.

“We might as well do it because the price of boards keeps going up. That way it’s settled and it will be good for next year – the next winter season.

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