Monday, 25 March 2013 08:25

Elkwater fundraising event to benefit Kaleidoscope

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The 12-34 café and pub in Elkwater is planning a fundraiser to help a worthy local charity and the Prairie Rose School Division (PRSD).


Siblings Stephanie and Matthew Heller purchased the gas station and convenience store in Elkwater in 2009. Since then, they have made numerous upgrades and renovations to the facility, including adding a café and pub.
This year will be the first full season of operations for the business open seven days a week, year-round.
The Hellers attended the March 12 regular PRSD board meeting to share the fact they are holding a big fundraiser in July with proceeds benefitting both the school division’s Kaleidoscope for the Arts event and Lifeline Haiti.
Stephanie said the pair wanted to give back to the fine arts festival, because their mother, Paulette Heller, who is also a school board trustee, has done so much to help them start up the business. Paulette has sat on the organizing committee for Kaleidoscope since its inception and been a champion for the annual event which showcases students’ skills music, art, drama, digital media and dance.
“Both Matt and I went to school at Eagle Butte High School, and our mom is always looking for help with Kaleidoscope,” explained Stephanie.
She graduated in 2001 and her brother in 1998. The pair went off to pursue further post-secondary education, but now help operate the family ranch north of Walsh.
Lifeline Haiti was also chosen to benefit because the son of Bob Davisson, who started the charity, is the roaster of the coffee used in the cafe.
The silent auction and musical fundraiser will take place July 6. Doors open to the silent auction area at 11 a.m. It will cost patrons $10 at the door. Individuals can pay $30 and enjoy the entertainment all afternoon and evening as well as an evening meal.
Irvine musicians Kim Kramer and Brad Neubauer will headline the evening show starting around 7:30 p.m. Stephanie hopes the rest of the entertainment can include Prairie Rose students interested in sharing their talents. She’d also like some of the silent auction items to include the work of students.
Anyone who wants to donate a silent auction item or perform can phone Stephanie or Matt at 403-928-3958.
“As a proud former teacher, I’m proud you’re giving back to both the local and the global community,” said Brian Andjelic, deputy superintendent.

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