The Eckville Fundraising Society and Eckville Recreation Board raised $14,723.79 during their first ever Dueling Hearts fundraiser on Feb. 10. Anita Kennedy and Cameron Hinton performed their act for a sold out audience of 200. All the tips from the crowd were donated back to the fundraiser. The silent auction and live auction drew lots of attention and bidding.
“Thank you everyone who contributed to make this fundraiser wildly successful,” wrote Tiphany Eliuk, president of the Eckville Fundraising Society, in an email.
Eckville Fundraising Society is raising money for a new elementary school playground, as the current one has a less than five year lifespan left before it will need replacement. As the playground receives no financial support from the school division, upgrades and replacements for the playground are paid for through grants and fundraising events like this one.
The Eckville Recreation Board is working hard towards the goal of a new outdoor rink. The current outdoor rink is located one block north of the arena and is in disrepair. The new one will be located east of the Arena beside the Friendship Centre and will have a multi-season purpose; hockey in the winter and basketball and pickle ball in the summer. This new location will allow the zamboni to safely access the outdoor surface from the indoor rink to the outdoor rink without wear from driving on gravel.