Harley-Davidson of the Kootenays was a busy place on Boxing Day, Friday, Dec. 26. Dozens gathered tosee who the lucky winner would be (hopefully themselves) in theannual raffle Harley-Davidson raffle.
Each year, Harley Davidson of the Kootenays and the local Harley Owners Group (HOG) join together to raise funds through the motorcycle raffle. For the second year in the row, the raffle was in support of the Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society,
The Harley-Davidson raffle is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Cranbrook and Kimberley Hospice Society, which provides services for people at the end of their lives, and support for their families.
Three-thousand tickets were sold for the chance to win some outstanding prizes:
• First prize was a 2014 Harley-Davidson Dyna Fat Bob, with a value of 23,545.76.
• Second prize was a 2014 Harley-Davidson Portster 883 Iron, with a value of $13,870.08.
• Third Prize was a Harley-Davidson storage bench, with a value of $1,295.
Don Davidson, President of the Hospice Society, said the raffle helps the society provide all their services in the East Kootenay.
“This is the second year that (the Harley Owners Group) has made us their charity of choice. With funds from this raffle, we are able to deliver all of the services for the East Kootenay, to help people at the end of their life and their families.”
Ken Betenia, Assistant Director of HOG, also thanked the various sponsors for their assistance: ABC restaurant, the Heritage Inn, Moyie Pub, the Sullivan Pub and Marysville Liquor Store; the Tamarack Centre, Save-On in Cranbrook and Overwaitea in Kimberley and Home Depot.
The draws for the three prizes were made by Lee Pratt, Mayor of Cranbrook, Don McCormick, Mayor of Kimberley, and Bev McCormick, Don’s wife.
Pratt urged the public to become more aware of and give support to the Hospice Society, and Don McCormick praised the work that the society did. “In spite of the inevitability of death, we really don’t deal with it very well. The services the Cranbrook and Kimberley Hospice Society provides is amazing.”
Bev McCormick drew for third place. The winner of the Harley-Davidson Storage Bench was Jack Johnson of Kimberley. Lee Pratt drew for the winner of the Portster — Bryan Beler of Elkford was the winner. And Don McCormick drew the name for first prize, the Dyna Fat Bob. Dale Cook of Cranbrook was the winner.
For more information on the Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society, go to http://www.ckhospice.com. For more information on Harley Davidson of the Kootenays, go to harleydavidsonkootenays.com.