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Great Plains Col­lege an­nounces Carhartts and Caviar Weld­ing Raffle

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Great Plains Col­lege is pre­par­ing for an in­no­va­tive ap­proach to high­light its weld­ing pro­gram and the tal­ents of its stu­dents and in­struc­tor. Af­ter eight years of host­ing the pop­u­lar Carhartts and Caviar Weld­ing Show­case and Auc­tion an­nual event in Swift Cur­rent, the col­lege will be hold­ing a provincewi­de raffle that will fo­cus on qual­ity pieces of me­tal artwork pre­pared by stu­dents and in­struc­tor Jared McKenzie.

The Carhartts and Caviar Weld­ing Raffle was or­ga­nized to serve as an al­ter­na­tive to the an­nual show­case and auc­tion event due to the re­stric­tions on pub­lic gath­er­ings cre­ated by the COVID-19 pan­demic. The col­lege’s stu­dent and in­struc­tor team are work­ing hard to cre­ate three cus­tom pieces for the raffle in­clud­ing a cus­tom river cof­fee ta­ble (value $2,500), fire pit (value $2,000) and wall art (value $1,000). Tick­ets pur­chased will be en­tered for all three pieces of artwork.

“Our past stu­dents have al­ways been ex­cited to host the an­nual Carhartts show­case and auc­tion event, as it served as a ma­jor fundraiser and a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for them,” com­mented Jared McKenzie, weld­ing pro­gram in­struc­tor. “Although this year’s process will be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, the stu­dents are fo­cused on us­ing their skills and ex­per­tise to cre­ate high qual­ity items for raffle win­ners to en­joy for a long time to come. We hope to be able to re­turn to an in-per­son event in 2022.”

Raffle ticket sales will com­mence on Fe­bru­ary 10 and will con­clude at mid­night on March 26, 2021. The draw date for all three items is March 31 and will be held in the Great Plains Col­lege gym­na­sium. Although the pub­lic will be un­able to at­tend the draws in per­son, the event will be livestream­ed on the Great Plains Col­lege Face­book page.

Tick­ets are $20 apiece and will be avail­able at the col­lege’s Big­gar, Kin­der­s­ley, Maple Creek, Swift Cur­rent and War­man cam­pus lo­ca­tions. The City of Swift Cur­rent will have tick­ets for sale at their City Hall of­fice. Tick­ets are also avail­able by con­tact­ing donor ser­vices co­or­di­na­tor Dianne Slet­ten at 306-778-5456 or via email at devel­op­ment@great­plain­scol­lege.ca. All pro­ceeds from the raffle will be di­rected to the weld­ing pro­gram and en­trance schol­ar­ships for col­lege stu­dents.

“While we are dis­ap­pointed that we can­not hold the in-per­son show­case and auc­tion event this year, we are ex­cited to con­tinue to high­light the ac­com­plish­ments of the weld­ing stu­dents and their in­struc­tor,” said Dianne Slet­ten, donor ser­vices co­or­di­na­tor. “Ad­di­tion­ally, this year’s raffle will open up the op­por­tu­nity for any­one across the prov­ince to win one of th­ese orig­i­nal pieces of me­tal artwork.”

Slet­ten added that the raffle’s suc­cess will be as­sisted by the gen­er­ous sup­port of its com­mu­nity spon­sors, in­clud­ing the ti­tle spon­sor­ship of S3 En­ter­prises. She praised the as­sis­tance of me­tal art spon­sors Wheat­land Ma­chine Shop, Nodge Man­u­fac­tur­ing and Stan­dard Mo­tors, cloth­ing spon­sors Honey­bee Man­u­fac­tur­ing and MacMor In­dus­tries, and paint spon­sor PDQ Au­to­body.

“You can see the con­fi­dence in the stu­dents’ work through their pieces cre­ated for this event,” said Jes­sica Sauder, Mar­ket­ing Co­or­di­na­tor for

S3 En­ter­prises Inc. “S3 En­ter­prises Inc. spon­sors this event be­cause it’s a great pro­gram. The lead­er­ship and skills stu­dents gain from Jared has led

S3 to hir­ing many welders from the pro­gram. This fundraiser is im­por­tant in keep­ing lo­cals’ lo­cal and man­u­fac­tur­ing grow­ing in our com­mu­nity.”

Com­plete de­tails of the raffle are avail­able by vis­it­ing great­plain­scol­lege.ca/news-and-events. The col­lege en­cour­ages the pub­lic to stay tuned to their web­site and so­cial me­dia chan­nels for pho­tos of the fin­ished prod­ucts which will be re­vealed dur­ing the week of Fe­bru­ary 22.

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