November 27th, 2020

Local pub, bands teaming up for Lethbridge Food Bank fundraiser

By Woodard, Dale on October 24, 2020.

Dale Woodard

Lethbridge Herald

A perfectly timed fundraiser is taking place next month.

Benefitting the Lethbridge Food Bank, a fundraiser will be held Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at Honkers Pub & Eatery.

The event will include live music by local bands Vintage Wine, Whiskey Gap and Rebel Angels with the pub offering a feature meal and drink, with a portion of sales going to the Lethbridge Food Bank.

With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing and affecting businesses and individuals alike, the fundraiser comes at a time when everyone needs it the most.

“It’s absolutely crucial just because of the pandemic,” said Dina Larson of D.Light Photography. “There have been so many people who have been laid off from work and businesses have taken a hit as well, having to lay people off or people not working as much or people not going out as much. So businesses aren’t making as much money. So it’s crucial right now because everybody has been isolating.”

With a goal to raise roughly $5,000 for the Lethbridge Food Bank, a few local businesses have already stepped up with donations and they’re calling on other businesses to keep the fundraiser going.

“We’re doing a social media video challenge for other local business owners to do a donation and then they do a video challenge and carry it on and so forth,” said Larson. “They’re welcome to call out any local business within southern Alberta who they feel would able to make a donation of some sort. It doesn’t have to be a substantial donation, even $10 can go a long way. It makes a difference. Nobody has to divulge, unless they want to, the amount they’re donating. That can be completely anonymous. Some people are in a position where they can donate more, but a lot of people have been hit by the economy and they may not be able to donate as much as they would like to.”

Ryan Kaustinen of BMK Contracting is donating $500 to the food bank and $500 for radio advertisement. He will also be doing an online challenge asking other businesses to donate.

Gillian McLeod, the lead singer of Vintage Wine, is a co-creator of the fundraiser and also a Realtor for Century 21-Foothills South, which is donating $250 to the cause.

“We’ll be doing a 50-50 draw with half of the proceeds going to the food bank,” said Larson. “We’ll also be collecting cash payments and the $10 cover charge will be going straight to the food bank.”

Of course, standard COVID-19 protocols will be followed at the fundraiser.

“They’ll be doing temperature checks at the door as well as doing ID checks,” said Larson. “They’ll be taking people’s full names and phone numbers. There will be only a certain amount of people allowed in the pub area and a certain amount of people allowed over in the nest area. We’ll have different rooms to accommodate people as well.”

A Facebook event page called The Lethbridge Food Bank Fundraiser as well as GoFundMe page called The Lethbridge Foodbank Fundraiser 2020 has been set up.

The cover charge for the evening is $10 per person.

There will be a donation box at the door along with a bin for non-perishable food items with all proceeds going to the food bank.

In addition to Honkers Pub, contributing sponsors include D.Light Photography, BMK Contracting, Century 21-Foothills South, Maklock Custom Ltd., Restorfx Lethbridge and B-93 Radio.

Non-perishable food bins will also be located at Honkers Pub and BMK Contracting Lethbridge Ltd. to accept contributions for the Lethbridge Food Bank.

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