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Oktoberfest a fundraising boost for Swift Current's Legion Hall building fund

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Dickson Agencies employees, from left to right, Jessica Therrien, Scott Cassidy and Melanie Johnson at the Oktoberfest in Swift Current, Oct. 5. Dickson Agencies employees, from left to right, Jessica Therrien, Scott Cassidy and Melanie Johnson at the Oktoberfest in Swift Current, Oct. 5.

The Oktoberfest that took place in Swift Current Oct. 5 was a sold out event that raised more than $65,000 for renovations at the local Legion Hall.


The event was organized by Dickson Agencies in response to a letter sent out by the Swift Current Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 56 to request support from local businesses.
The Legion needs $500,000 for urgent repair work to the roof of the building.
Dickson Agencies account manager Scott Cassidy said the Oktoberfest was attended by 410 people.
“The event was an absolutely smashing success,” he mentioned. “Everybody had fun.”
He was surprised by people’s enthusiasm right from the start of the event, with musical entertainment provided by local band Bakersfield.
“The first song the band played about 50 people got up and danced right away,” he said. “The age demographic was great, anyone from 20 to 60. It was just a fantastic evening. Everybody just came out to be behind the Legion.”
It took a lot of hard work by Dickson Agencies staff to organize the event, but he felt it was worth it.
“All the staff members came together and everyone pitched in,” he said. “It was just a nice team building effort on our part here.”
The response from people at the event to the idea of an Oktoberfest was overwhelmingly positive and they are already thinking about doing it again.
“We are not committing to doing it again next year 100 per cent, but there is a strong chance this could become an annual event,” he said. “All proceeds donated to the Legion again.”
A number of businesses and individuals made donation presentations to the Legion at the Oktoberfest. They were: Bridal Builders ($10,000), Riverside Electric ($5,000), Wildlife Federation ($10,000), Rayco Drywall in association with Home Hardware, Pioneer Co-op and SDS Supplies ($17,000), Décor Complete ($5,000), Armstrong Implements ($1,000), Innovation Credit Union ($1,000), Schimmel’s Bakery ($500) and C & K Herman Farms ($500).

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