Games’ or­ga­niz­ers buoy­ant

TC Me­dia signs on as plat­inum spon­sor for sport­ing ex­trav­a­ganza

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Or­ga­niz­ers for the 2012 New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mers Games re­main con­fi­dent that a suf­fi­cient num­ber of cor­po­rate spon­sors and vol­un­teers will come for­ward to help en­sure a suc­cess­ful event in Har­bour Grace and Car­bon­ear.

But co- chair Mil­ton Peach ac­knowl­edged that plenty of work re­mains to be done, and ef­forts to so­licit the needed sup­port will con­tinue.

“I know that over the com­ing weeks we will have other spon­sors come on board, and we will have as good a set of Games as have ever been held in the prov­ince, here in the towns of Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace,” Peach stated fol­low­ing a lun­cheon in Car­bon­ear on May 23 for those who have signed on as plat­inum ($25,000-plus or equiv­a­lent in-kind) spon­sors for the Aug. 18-25 event.

Those spon­sors in­clude TC Me­dia, par­ent com­pany of The Com­pass,at­lantic Lot­tery Cor­po­ra­tion, KIXX Coun­try, East­link, towns of Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace, At­lantic Gro­cery Dis­trib­u­tors/pow­ell’s Su­per­mar­kets, Sub­way, East­ern School Dis­trict, New­found­land Power and the Gov­ern­ment of New­found­land and Labrador.

Or­ga­niz­ers are also so­lic­it­ing spon­sors at the fol­low­ing:

• gold — value of $ 15,000$24,999 or equiv­a­lent in-kind;

• sil­ver — value of $ 10,000$14,999 or equiv­a­lent in-kind;

• bronze — value of $5,000$9,999 or equiv­a­lent in-kind;

• friends of the Games — value of $1,000-$4,999 or equiv­a­lent inkind; and

• pa­tron of the Games — value of $500-$999 or equiv­a­lent in-kind.

Peach said plan­ning is go­ing “very, very well,” and noted that vol­un­teer re­cruit­ment is pos­ing some­what of a chal­lenge.

“We’re hopeful and op­ti­mistic we will have enough vol­un­teers to carry the Games through. But vol­un­teers in 2012 are not as easy to come by as they were 20 years ago. But we’re sure the peo­ple will step up to the plate and we’ll be OK.”

The two towns also hosted the Games in 1992, and Peach is con­fi­dent that par­tic­i­pants and or­ga­niz­ers will feel the same sense of pride and ac­com­plish­ment as they did two decades ago.

But he em­pha­sized that host­ing the Games is an “ex­pen­sive propo­si­tion,” with a bud­get of some $450,000. The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment will cover the cost of trans­port­ing ath­letes to the Games.

Some 1,600 ath­letes are ex­pected to de­scend on the Con­cep­tion Bay North towns to par­tic­i­pate in sports like syn­chro­nized swim­ming, base­ball, soft­ball, ball hockey, golf, ten­nis, beach vol­ley­ball, soc­cer, swim­ming and ath­let­ics. And if you in­clude coaches, area rep­re­sen­ta­tives and par­ents, the num­ber swells to some 3,000, say or­ga­niz­ers.

“Right now, we feel we are on track, but we need to keep plug­ging away to make sure at the end of the day the youth that’s com­ing here, it will be no cost to them, and we will run, at the end of the day, a bal­anced bud­get,” said Peach.

Peach said an­other pri­or­ity in the com­ing days is fi­nal­iz­ing food cater­ing ser­vices for the event.

Peach had high praise for Games’ co-or­di­na­tor Stephanie Bourne, and also com­mended of­fi­cials with the towns of Har­bour Grace and Car­bon­ear for their con­tin­u­ing sup­port.

ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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