BACK ROW (L-R) Ryan Service, Dave Elviss, Drake May, John Slabik, Jeff Kirwan
FRONT ROW: Corinna Gibson, Elaine Collier, Maryan Service, Monty Reich, Jo Ann Allison, Carla Benjamin, Kelsey Dutton
BY TIM KALINOWSKI
South West Terminal Ltd. has made a $26,000 donation to help Autumn House in Gull Lake pay for its new boiler system. The money comes from the proceeds of the SWT Sportsman Dinner and Auction held on April 5.
Monty Reich, GM of SWT, said his company was glad to help out such a valued community-owned institution in Gull Lake like Autumn House.
“Anything we can do to help out our communities we will,” said Reich after the formal cheque presentation last Tuesday. “Obviously the communities are what we need to make our business successful so it’s part of our job as far as living and working in these communities. Giving something back; and giving back in this case to Autumn House to an organization that really needs it.”
Reich also said given the growing popularity of the event, (last year the inaugural dinner was held to help pay for the new Real 3D digital theatre system at Gull Lake’s Lyceum Theatre), in the area it is very likely SWT will now be making this an ongoing, annual fundraiser for worthy community organizations.
“It’s a great event and it’s kind of getting a name for itself so we have to keep doing it every year. It’s a lot of work for our staff, but it’s a lot of fun.”
Jo Ann Allison accepted the South West Terminal donation on behalf of Autumn House’s community board. Although it had been a difficult year financially and stressful for all involved, explained Allison, Autumn House was thrilled by the outpouring of community support. She was especially grateful to SWT for helping pay off over half of its remaining bill for the new boiler system installed last year.
“I’m on Cloud 9,” said a visibly moved Allison. “We are so very fortunate to have been picked this year to be the recipient of the South West Terminal’s Sportsman dinner. We had a $90,000 project we had to take out a $45,000 loan to help pay for. And so this will be a big chunk of that.”
Allison said the generous donation will do a lot to ease the stress on Autumn House board members, residents and staff.
“We couldn’t go through another winter knowing that our boilers were only working at 25 per cent. To receive this relieves the stress a lot. I had goose-bumps. I was still shaking when Monty called and told us how much was being donated. We are so very thankful … It’s awesome. You just can’t say thank you enough.”
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