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“Angels For Angela” Old-Fashioned Day in the Park Fundraiser to be Held Aug. 9th

‘Hatters young and old are encouraged to attend an old-fashioned Sunday in Kin Coulee Park on Sunday, August 9. The local fundraising group Angels for Angela is hosting the event from 12 PM – 4 PM near the park’s band shelter.

Many events are planned for the day including a bake sale, dunk tank, live local entertainment, Corvette show, three-legged races, gunny sack races, horseshoes, inflatable bouncers, face painting, pedal tractors, barbecue, cotton candy, popcorn, raffles, a silent auction and much more. Dunk tank volunteers include Alderman Jeremy Thompson and several local teachers.

Many local businesses have rallied to support the group’s efforts and have donated high-value raffle prizes and silent auction items including a broom-finished driveway package (up to 500 sq. ft., valued at $3500), a huge assortment of gift baskets, golf and ski packages, hotel packages, children’s items, Saskatchewan Roughrider tickets and more.

“We are overwhelmed by the amount of support people have shown for this cause,” said event organizer Bernie Frank. “From the thousands and thousands of dollars worth of donations from local businesses to all the volunteers who have stepped up, we are amazed.”

Funds raised will benefit ‘Hatter Angela Bitz, who has been battling cancer for the last few years. Angela is the mother of two young daughters and has been employed with Brewmaster for nearly 20 years. Although very brave and independent, a group of her friends and family called “Angels for Angela” have rallied around her for emotional and financial support. Bitz’s ongoing monthly IV treatments are only partially covered by Alberta Health Care and her private insurer, and the group is trying to raise funds to assist in this high out-of-pocket expense.

Others wishing to donate may do so via accounts that have been set up at both Redi Recycling and Shamrock Bottle Depot for bottle return donations. An account for Angela Bitz/Angels for Angela has also been set up at Royal Bank’s Crestwood branch on 13th Avenue.

Alternate arrangements will be made in case of inclement weather and media notified immediately.

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