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Elkwater’s 12-34 Cafe set to give annual fundraiser a second go Sept. 17

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Earlier this summer wet and stormy weather forced the postponement of the 12-34 Cafe and Pub’s fundraiser benefitting two worthy charities, but the annual event is gearing up for another go Saturday, Sept. 17.

This will be the fourth year the 12-34 cafe and pub has held the fundraiser supporting Prairie Rose School Division’s Kaleidoscope of the Arts. The other charity chosen this year to receive a portion of the proceeds will be Canadian Reaching Out to the World’s Children Foundation.
“We had to cancel because it just poured that day,” explains Paulette Heller, about the June date. She sits on the Kaleidoscope committee and is heavily involved with the Elkwater business, as it is owned by her son Matthew and daughter Stephanie.
Because the June event was cancelled with only a few days notice, some people still did show up even with bad weather. There were about 50 in attendance and some of the more time-sensitive items, such as tickets to Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede summer events were auctioned off.
“We did make a couple thousand that night,” Heller adds. The jazz singers set to entertain, also still performed, as they were already in the area having taken part in Medicine Hat’s Jazz Fest.
It was decided to try again to hold the fundraiser later in September, as people would be back into their fall routines with the return of school.
The evening’s events on Sept. 17 will include performances by Prairie Rose School Division (PRSD) students with the main act being jazz singer Natasha Shannon and guitar player Rick Lait. A barbecue steak supper is always popular and there will be live and silent auction components. Dennis Lutz returns as the auctioneer. Activities get underway at 4 p.m. with supper served at 6 p.m.
“Last year we served about 120 steaks and it was wonderful,” Heller told the PRSD board of trustees at a meeting in April.
Last year’s event raised about $8,000 for Kaleidoscope which helps pay for the rental of the Esplanade in Medicine Hat.
The Heller siblings started the fundraiser in 2013 as a way to give back to the community in which they were educated and raised. Both graduated from Eagle Butte High School in Dunmore and pursued post-secondary education elsewhere. They now help operate the family ranch north of Walsh and run the business in Elkwater.
The fundraiser always benefits Prairie Rose’s arts event, but also another charity of the business owners’ choosing. In 2013 the charity to benefit was Lifeline Haiti, in 2014 it was the Venturer’s Society of Calgary and Southern Alberta and last year it was the CORE Association.
Heller says holding the fundraising event is all about giving back to the community. She likes that the event supports children and giving them exposure and experience in the arts.
“Performing on a big stage is an experience that all kids should have,” she adds.
The restaurant area can seat about 175 people so organizers are hoping for a full house for the evening meal and entertainment.
Heller says people can just show up the evening of the event, but she would prefer if people would reserve tickets so organizers know how much food to prepare. Donations of auction items would also still be gratefully received.
Tickets for the meal can be purchased by phoning 403-928-3975 or 403-488-2920. Anyone interested in donating silent or live auction items can phone or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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