By Justin Seward
Irvine’s Twenty Post Historical Society is hosting an ongoing 50/50 Cash Draw to help cover costs of doing maintenance to the Prairies Memories Museum.
The Society hosts a fundraiser every year, except for 2020 due to COVID, and 2021 is the first year for the cash draw format.
“We usually go out to various businesses and we get prizes,” said Beverly Adie, the Society’s treasurer.
“This year we decided to do a cash draw. We have been noticing the 50/50 draws seem to be going over quite well. We thought we would do it that way.”
There are 1,000 ticket sold at $5 each and $2,500 will go to the cash draw winner and the other $2,500 will be going to the society for museum building repairs.
“The high winds have damaged some of our roof and hopefully the fundraiser from this will help us to fix our roof,” said Adie.
“We have a few buildings more than 100 years old and they do take a certain amount of maintenance. We’re at the point now that we probably won’t be expanding. We’re just trying to keep everything maintained and keep it in good working order.”
There will be a minimum $1,000 pay out.
An annual fundraiser puts the Society in line for grants from other foundations other than the operating grant that is contributed by Cypress County.
“A fundraiser like this, not only does it raise money for immediate needs, but it gets our name out there (and) people remember we exist,” she said.
Tickets are available through calling Doug Glock at (403) 548-8461 or at Unlimited Characters book store in Medicine Hat.
The cash draw will be made on Aug. 13 at the Irvine Hotel.
The draw date could be moved up if tickets sell out earlier.