Nick Lees: Light up helps ambitious expansion at Fort Edmonton Park

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Others who stepped forward to help with the expansion include a $1 million anonymous donor and Dianne and Irving Kipnes, who donated the midway’s carousel naming rights.

The Stollery Charitable Foundation and the Edmonton Public Teachers ATA Local 37 have both named a room in the Indigenous Peoples Experience, while the 488 UA Local Plumbers and Pipefitters was a first major donor of that attraction.

Another major campaign initiative is the Epcor Fall for the Fort Online Auction, presented by Global Edmonton. It opens at 12 p.m. on Tuesday and closes at 12 p.m. Oct. 5.

On the auction block are a vacation home rental in Florida; a round trip for two on Flair Airlines to any Canadian destination, a two-night stay in Banff National Park, a new custom built home driveway from DeFord Contracting, a Canadian Tire snowblower, a double smoker, golfing opportunities and items from businesses who are big supporters of the fort.

Sponsoring the auction launch is The Wolfe Automotive Group, led by the company’s CEO Ashley Wolfe, granddaughter of the fort’s first president and Rotarian Merrill Wolfe.

A shredding good time

Riverbend Rotary Club members say their first fundraising shredding event to help seniors destroy paper proved so popular they will run another on Oct. 3.

“We planned to run our first event for five hours in May and with COVID-19 well-established, we set our goal at $3,000,” said Brent Collingwood, the club’s fundraising chairman.

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