<b>Successful fundraiser</b> Moosomin Mayor Larry Tomlinson and Rider Duron Carter at the Sportsmans Dinner in Moosomin April 28. The dinner was part of a weekend full of events that raised $75,000 for the new clubhouse at Pipestone Hills Golf Club. Tomlinson and Carter are sitting on one of two custom golf carts created for the auction that night  one with a Harley theme and one with a Rider theme.

Sportsmans Weekend raises $75,000 for golf clubhouse

May 7, 2018 7:40 am
Kevin Weedmark

The Sportsmans Weekend held April 27 and 28 in Moosomin raised $75,000 for the new clubhouse at Pipestone Hills Golf Club.

The funds raised on the weekend bring the fundraising total for the new building to $145,000—more than a third of the $425,000 needed to complete the project.

Brandon Banga of the Pipestone Hills Golf Club says the fundraising total exceeded all expectations.

“We were hoping to make $50,000,” he said. “To make $75,000 is incredible. It’s great to see that kind of support.”

He said he heard great comments from everyone, from attendees to weekend emcee Rod Pedersen.

“Rod said it was amazing,” he said. “He told us whenever we want him again he is fully on board. He said he has been to a lot of these and this one was a fantastic event. Having the two days of events with the things going on at the Sportsplex and the awards that took place—Mike (Schwean) kind of tied it all together into a great weekend.”

The clubhouse project has involved moving the former tourist centre on the Trans-Canada Highway to the golf club, renovating that building and building a large addition.

Banga says the project has evolved.

“We initially started with a budget of $375,000,” he said. “As the project has gone along it has evolved a bit, things have changed. We are probably going to be around $420,000 to $425,000 in total to complete it.”

With the successful Sportsmans Weekend the committee is now more than a third of the way to the fundraising goal for the project, which was approved by golf club members last summer.

“With the fundraising group that we have put together, we want to work to get the fundraising done as quickly as we can,” Banga said. “With a project like this, we want to get as many people involved in the fundraising as we can, by coming up with different ideas to involve different groups of people.

“In planning events you need to give something that people value. It needs to be something they are interested in and something that they like, something that maybe is going to attract different people to each event.”

Banga said he is proud of the way the Sportsmans Weekend turned out.

“We are happy that we could put on an event like that. We’re happy that people liked it. The turnout was great. That one is done so we will move onto the next thing now.”