By Mo Cranker on October 22, 2016.
Twenty-two years into hosting the annual Hat Charity Classic and the Medicine Hat Curling Club is about to surpass $100,000 raised for the Children’s Wish Foundation.
Going into this weekend’s event, the club had raised approximately $97,000 for the group according to the curling club general manager Vicki Sjolie.
This year’s tournament will feature 24 men’s teams and 15 women’s teams with tickets costing three dollars per game or $10 for a weekend pass.
All proceeds from tickets, the silent auction â€” which closes Saturday at 8 p.m. and 50/50 tickets go to Children’s Wish.
Sjolie said she is very excited to get to the $100,000 mark.
“It’s a pretty big milestone for the club,” she said. “Whoever was running the club 20-plus years ago felt that Children’s Wish was a worthy candidate for our support â€” now here we are today, still raising money for them, its great.”
While the community support is key for the tournament, the curlers themselves actually chip in where the can, said Sjolie.
“When the team’s from the area and around the globe get wind of the charity aspect of the tournament they often donate items, which is always great for us and for Children’s Wish.”
Chairperson for Children’s Wish Medicine Hat Donna Serr said the years of support have been crucial for the foundation.
“We’ve been the charity of choice for the event since 1995 and the support has been incredible,” she said. “This is a world class curling event and the community has really backed us, it has brought us so much funding throughout the years as well as awareness for us.”
Teams are playing a triple knockout style bracket, with eight teams advancing and competing for the championships on Monday.