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Pioneer auxiliary celebrates raffle winner

By June 22, 2024No Comments
Pioneer Lodge Auxiliary treasurer Peggy Weaver presents raffle winner Candace Rumohr with a cheque for $5,000 after her name was pulled for the organization’s recent draw. Taylor Weaver Meridian Source Photos

 

Border City seniors residing in Pioneer Lodge and Pioneer House recently thanked one lucky member of the community with her half of the winnings from the Pioneer Lodge Auxiliary’s recent raffle, which amounted to a cool $5,000. The other $5K goes to the auxiliary and will be used to improve the lives of lodge residents. 

 

Members of the Pioneer Lodge Auxiliary were all smiles as they prepared to pull the winner for their most recent raffle outside of the Vern and Violet Page Dining Hall.

 

Candace Rumohr may have been smiling all the way to the bank after accepting her cheque, but she knows the real winners are the seniors who utilize the services provided by the auxiliary.

“We get together to try and raise money to help out with any expenses the residents may have. Most of the stuff comes through grants, but we do what we can to bring in extra money,” explained auxiliary treasurer, Peggy Weaver.

“We’ve been making money through the shopper’s cart and through our teas, which we host two per year, and we have bake sales to go with them,” said Weaver. “They’re pretty low-key, but it gives residents a chance to invite family or friends to come in.”

Over the years, the Pioneer Lodge Auxiliary has purchased hymn books, heating pads for massage tables, an iPod and docking station, a bbq, wireless microphones, a popcorn machine, and improved handicap-accessible upgrades to bathrooms and door name plates, to name a few. 

The auxiliary is currently comprised of roughly 22 members, all of whom know their services are vital as they help provide comforts and necessities to residents.

“It’s about giving them a bit of life as well as dignity,” she said. 

“It’s also an opportunity to give back to those who shaped our community.”