Mor­rin ral­lies to save arena

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

They say it takes a com­mu­nity to raise a child but they never said it takes a com­mu­nity to keep an arena open.

The Vil­lage of Mor­rin and area is do­ing ex­actly that. The com­mu­nity has come to­gether to raise funds for the ice plant header which is close to break­ing down.

“If we don’t have that up and run­ning, we can’t make ice and [...] it will close down, and it’s hard,” said Ken­dra Som­merville, trea­surer of the Mor­rin Agri­cul­ture So­ci­ety and

co­or­di­na­tor for the new do­na­tion wall which will be dis­played in the arena later on. “Usu­ally when it’s closed it’s hard to re­open again and I think the arena is the heart of the com­mu­nity for Mor­rin and area.”

Peo­ple or in­di­vid­ual busi­nesses with amounts as low as $250 up to as high as $5,000 or more will have a per­son­al­ized metal plaque. $250 to $500 war­rants a plaque of a horse, $500 to $1,000 gets you a cow, $1,000 to $5,000 is a trac­tor, and the large do­na­tions of $5,000 or larger gets you a com­bine. All plaques will have the donors names en­graved.

A lo­cal artist will be paint­ing a farm­ing scene and a Drumheller black­smith will cre­ate the plaques at a dis­count price.

“We’re still try­ing to sup­port the com­mu­nity at the same time,” said Som­merville.

Do­na­tions have come from var­i­ous events like the Du­elling Pi­anos and Chev­elles events held at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity (BCF) last year. Mor­rin busi­nesses and the lo­cal school have also made no­tice­able con­tri­bu­tions.

“The Mor­rin School was able to raise $16,025 to­wards the do­na­tion as well,” said Som­merville.

These do­na­tions have been pour­ing in over the last two years in prepa­ra­tion of the re­place­ment. The Ag So­ci­ety quickly re­al­ized over the sum­mer that the header was ‘on its last legs’, need­ing to raise money at a much faster pace.

The com­mu­nity has now sur­passed its ini­tial goal of $50,000 for the re­place­ment of the header and is now sit­ting at the $65,000 mark. The new goal is $70,000. All of the money raised will go to­wards the new header and any hid­den costs that may arise.

“The com­mu­nity has stepped up all around and I just re­ceived no­tice right be­fore Christ­mas that we were able to win a com­mu­nity foun­da­tion award of $5,000 as well so that def­i­nitely put us up to the plate,” con­tin­ued Som­mer- ville.

The Ag So­ci­ety plans to ei­ther wait un­til the ma­chine fi­nally fails or wait un­til the ice is out in the spring to re­place the cur­rent one.

“Over the past three months we have been able to raise a lot of money re­ally quickly and its thanks to all the com­mu­nity sup­port and their big hearts,” said Som­merville. “It’s all come to­gether when we needed it the most.”

mailphoto by Terri Hux­ley

Ken­dra Som­merville, trea­surer of the Mor­rin Agri­cul­ture So­ci­ety, stands out­side the Mor­rin and Dis­trict Sport­splex arena on De­cem­ber 28, 2017. Som­merville spear­headed the Mor­rin Arena do­na­tion wall where donors will be rec­og­nized for their var­i­ous con­tri­bu­tions to a new header for the ice plant. Ap­prox­i­mately $65,000 has been raised so far.

The Mor­rin Sport­splex stands tall out in the De­cem­ber sun on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 28. The cur­rent header of the ice plant is soon to be re­placed af­ter the Mor­rin com­mu­nity helped raise over $65,000.

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