Taryn Merritt of Warman is the winner of a custom-built KidSport playhouse.
Her winning ticket was drawn from a drum at the Martensville A&W on Thursday, June 28 by Martensville KidSport coordinator Angela Reddekopp.
“I got hold of the winner on Friday morning, the day after the draw, to tell her,” said Reddekopp. “She was thrilled.
“She has four boys ranging in age from six months to seven years, so the playhouse will definitely go to good use.”
The runner-up prize, a $500 gift certificate from Cabela’s, was won by Conrad Barkman of Saskatoon.
The playhouse was built by Grade 12 students at Martensville High School.
The KidSport Playhouse raffle this year raised over $13,000 for the Martensville and Warman KidSport charities. The organizations provide financial support to families in the two cities and surrounding communities that would otherwise not be able to enroll their children in organized sports like hockey, soccer, figure skating and baseball. This is the third year for the KidSport Playhouse raffle; in the two previous years the raffle raised about $5,000 each year.
The KidSport Playhouse raffle is sponsored by the Martensville A&W, the Clark’s Crossing Gazette, Peter Kiewit Construction, Martensville Building and Home Supply, Feature Flooring, the Martensville and District Lions Club, Martensville High School, and Brad’s Towing.
Reddekopp said the fundraiser was “amazing” this year, largely thanks to the untiring efforts of the Lions Club members in selling tickets. More than 90 per cent of the tickets were sold by Lions Club members, who put in over 400 hours manning ticket tables at the Co-op grocery stores in Warman and Martensville over the past few months.
“There are a lot of people involved and we could not do it without your help,” said Reddekopp. “All the money raised from this raffle goes to help kids right here in Martensville and Warman.
“It gives them the opportunity to participate in sports that they might not otherwise be able to. We’re getting more applications from families every year, so the funds are definitely needed.” Martensville and District Lions Club President Syl Serblowski said organizers are also thankful to all those people who bought raffle tickets.
“A project like this is so important to the comunity,” said Serblowski. “It’s nice to see people support this raffle.”