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$25,000 and a challenge



The Pliva family has made a commitment of $25,000 over the next five years for the construction of the Badlands Community Facility. Tony Pliva says the family’s goal is to motivate others and issue a challenge to businesses and peers to step up to the plate. “In the end, everybody is going to use it,” says Tony. “I can use it  and my kids and grandkids will be able to use it.” Jeff Hall, chair of the fundraising committee, says the donation is fantastic and it is a great step in getting the ball rolling.  Shown above (l-r) Kim, Tony and Shaun Pliva with Jeff Hall.
 To learn more about how to give to the project,
contact Jeff Hall at 403-823-7800.

Canalta commits $250,000 to community facility


    Canalta has announced it has committed $250,000 to the Badlands Community Facility.
    The company, headquartered in Drumheller, operates hotels and restaurants throughout Western Canada. They are the latest business to step forward in support of the community facility.
     Vice President Brooke Christianson, says the company has been supportive of the project from the beginning.
    “For our family and company, contributing to this facility was not a difficult decision, as the third point of our company’s mission states; we are committed to providing our community with a partner dedicated to hard work, honesty, and integrity,” said Christianson. “We feel that the benefits to the community will be immense as facilities of this type are known to attract newcomers, increase economic activity, and really become the hub and heart of a community, where people come together for all sorts of reasons.”
     Besides financial support, Christianson has been working hard as head of the design committee. The group has been consulting regularly with Calgary Graham Edmunds Cartier architects, and is close to having the design finalized.  The target date to send the project to tenders is April 1, 2010. Last fall site preparation work was completed.
    “It’s very satisfying to see this project finally come to fruition because of the obstacles we’ve faced in getting to this point,” said Christianson. “Mike Stefanishion called us up on a cold January morning a couple of years ago to put together a group get this facility back on track after it was defeated in the plebiscite.  We’ve put in a lot hours since then to make this facility a reality, so it’s great to see it all coming together.”
    Canalta is a family owned company that operates 26 hotels in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and has obtained development rights in British Columbia. They also operate a number of restaurants in rural Alberta and Saskatchewan including Boston Pizza, A&W and O’Sheas Eatery and Ale House.

Cuts 4 Cancer raises $16,635 and counting


    “The Lord hates a coward,” Rod Morse mutters quietly to himself as he takes one last look at the silver locks and bushy beard he has been growing for months in anticipation of Cuts 4 Cancer.
    Shortly after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 3, Morse ambled his way into the barber chair to go under the clippers in support of those fighting cancer. After some last ditch pleas for mercy, the familiar buzzing of clippers, and in minutes it was all over.     
    Rod pledged to put a bounty on his hair and beard for this year’s Cuts 4 Cancer. The annual event has become a major fundraiser for the Drumheller and Area Health Foundation, and has given thousands of dollars to local projects to benefit cancer patients and their families. Chop Shop owner, Cathy Morse, began the event in memory of her mother Rose Schinnour who passed way from cancer. More than a year ago, Rod’s father also succumbed to cancer, and this helped prompt him into the seat to have his hair cut. His tally has topped $4,100 and counting.
    Along the way, he collected dozens of pledges with the promise to the top bidder they would be first to take a swipe at Rod’s hair. That top bidder was Scott McKay Contracting, and Joyce McKay, with clippers in hand took the first swipe. After that, Rod’s daughter Courtney, and wife Cathy took over.
    Every year the Chop Shop dedicates the funds from haircuts to the Health Foundation.More and more, every year customers, rather than just jumping into the barber’s chair, collect pledges and go all the way in getting their hair shorn.
    Beside Rod in the chair was Constable Mark Logan of the Drumheller RCMP. He raised about $300 as stylists took his hair down to bare skin, all the while worrying if his locks will grow back before his impending nuptials.
    This was the second year Walter Albrecht collected pledges to shave his unmistakable beard. He has been growing it since September and on Wednesday morning, he passed over $1,577. The trio of Wacy Sandum, Jayden Nail and his father Russell Nail combined to raise $1,475, Dylan Cole raised $2,000.
     Maddie Davies 16, repeated a tradition. Three years ago she donated her hair to Angel Hair for Kids to make wigs for children in need, and this year she repeated the task. Along the way, she raised $782 for the Cuts 4 Cancer event. She received a great donation from members of the Hussar 4-H Horse Club.
    These are just a few of those who went under the scissors for cancer.
    The Drumheller Co-op and Freson IGA gave to the event by donating fruit and sandwiches to keep the stylists’ energy up for the marathon day behind the chair.


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