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Fees donated for spray park fundraiser

By Randy Thoms May 10, 2023 | 6:01 AM

Borderland Pride will get to use the Memorial Sports Centre’s Auditorium at no charge for a Drag Show next month.

The event is to be a fundraiser for the planned spray park.

Borderland Pride asked the town to waive the rental fees as a donation to the cause.

Council was in full support, but Councillor John McTaggart wondered about similar requests.

“If this group had said we want to run the same event, but we want to give it to the food bank, would we have given a donation of the auditorium and the stage?” questioned McTaggart.

Treasurer Dawn Galusha noted the town has such a policy in place.

She says it allows council to consider several factors when considering requests for donations.

“Is there a demonstratable or potential social, economic or other benefit to the town of Fort Francis, its citizens and taxpayers? Is it in keeping with any stated goals and objectives that have been set or endorsed by town council? Is it the request in any significant degree a duplication of efforts or services provided by another organization? And does the organization submitting the request have a track record of providing value to the community for funding received? outlines Galusha.

The total amount is $813 covers the cost of the auditorium and a stage.

Councillor Mike Behan says he supported the request because the event’s proceeds are going to a significant community initiative.

“The $813 we’re not collecting, it’s going to be $813 more. It’s going to be going to the splash park fundraising efforts. So in that respect, that’s why

I’m in favour of agreeing with this recommendation,” says Behan.

The show, billed as an all-aged community event, will take place June 10.



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