Generous donations help make fundraiser a success

Prizes, food and music helped the Elk Valley Air Cadets Squadron Sponsoring Committee raise almost $3,000 at their Spring Fling fundraiser.

Good music

Good music

Prizes, food and music helped the Elk Valley Air Cadets Squadron Sponsoring Committee raise almost $3,000 at their Spring Fling fundraiser, April 6.

The dance, which was held at the Michel-Natal Royal Canadian Legion, featured music by Common Soul and prizes donated by businesses and individuals from Elkford, Sparwood and Fernie.

Yvette Doratty, SSC co-chair, said, “The turn-out was amazing! We were so happy to see such a good crowd come out and support our cadets. I hope they had a great night out, and will be back next year.

“People were so generous. We were able to put together more than 20 prize baskets, plus we had a 50/50 draw and spot dance prizes. We would really like to thank everyone who donated money, prizes or their time to help make the event such a success.”

The funds will go to support the Elk Valley Air Cadets. The squadron is based out of Sparwood, but is open to teens ages 12 to 18 from across the Elk Valley. The cadets learn marksmanship, first aid, drill, survival skills and can even receive their pilot’s licence through the program. Summer camps are free to attend as are all other trips and training. The program also promotes physical fitness, leadership skills and community involvement.

“The program is wonderful. We see the teens develop so many skills, and really form strong bonds with each other,” said Doratty. “Having the support of the community is important, but the cadets give back in so many ways. This year, they helped with the Toys for Tots drive, and at the Food Bank. And, of course, we support the legion by helping with poppy sales and participating in the Remembrance Day ceremonies. I don’t know of any other teen activities that do so much for the community.”

Drill nights are held every Wednesday at the Eagles Hall in Sparwood, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, contact the squadron commanding officer, Captain Murray Clow, at 250-425-1271.