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Eckville Christmas Casino Night fundraiser a success

The event raised around $10,000 for a new playground at Eckville Elementary School

The Eckville Fundraising Society brought in $10,039.44 with its Christmas Casino Night on Dec. 1, 2018.

The money is going toward a new playground for the Eckville Elementary School.

“The casino was busy the entire time, like we never had people sitting down hardly,” said Tiphany Eliuk, president of the Eckville Fundraising Society.

Eliuk added the silent auction at the event was super successful and that she is happy with the amount of money the event raised.

“We had so many sponsors, volunteers and supporters and that truly made a huge difference in our community and we’re that much closer to getting our new playground,” Eliuk said.

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Casino Night raises money for future playground

Eliuk says the society is about $80,000 into fundraising and is looking to start applying for bigger grants and finalizing plans.

“We’re in the process of finalizing the playground for sure that we’re going to go with and then when that happens grants are easier and going to the Town or the County is easier because then you have a picture to show them and say, ‘this is exactly what this would cost us,’” explained Eliuk, adding the playground design will be decided by the end of February.

Riding off the successful casino night the Eckville Fundraising Society also held a raffle and prime seating auction at the Eckville Elementary School Christmas Concert.

This event brought in $1,583 for the playground.

On March 11-27 the society is hosting its second annual read-a-thon with Eckville Elementary School.

“Last year we did one and we brought in over $3,000,” said Eliuk. “We were super successful with it for a small school. We had lots of participation.”

The Eckville Fundraising Society is looking at hosting a big spring event, but it is still undecided as to what the event will be.

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