The closing spiel of the 2023 Season was a huge success. 14 teams played two games along with on-ice games of Black Jack and Poker! There were team prizes for the best poker hand, black jack hand, and team draw to the button. First place in the bonspiel went to Team Gibb. Murray Gibb, Suzanne Scanlon, Kathleen Bowes and John Holmes as seen in the picture below. Second place was a tie between Team Ron Ruffo and Team Ray Miller. This was broken by the team draw to the button totals, resulting in Team Ruffo taking second prize. A wonderful lunch was followed by an afternoon of casino games using play money. It was a very busy day, but the wonderful turn out and lots of happy curlers having fun made for a great completion to the curling season. Thanks to all that attended and the volunteers that helped to pull this event together. Be sure to sign up early for you space in this great event next season!
When we speak of curlers and kids, we most often share news of our work in schools to promote curling. Our Applefest Dance Party volunteers found another way to connect curlers and kids. The 2022 Applefest Dance Party included a Silent Auction with half of the proceeds ($1150) going to School Food Programs.
Last year close to 6000 students in Northumberland County benefited from a breakfast, lunch, or snack program at school. These programs are open to all and promote healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. You can learn more about the program here: Northumberland Food For Thought
In January, BDCC Board member Brian Hollingsworth presented our donation to the food programs at Brighton Public School ($500), Smithfield Public School ($325) and Spring Valley Public School ($325). Thanks to Jody Villeneuve and Jackie Naish for leading the way! The donations were very much appreciated by the staff, students and volunteers.
These are the local businesses who donated goods to the silent auction: MBA Sports; Deloitte; Willow Boutique; The Clan Shoppe; City Stasis; The Gables; Cozy Nibblers; Giant Tiger; Firing Time; County Emporium;McKesson; The Bird House; Pet Valu; Asham; Free Flow; G Boyd Boutique; Findings on King; Saliga; Rhonda Hough; A&W; Archer Farms; Napanee Home Hardware; 1812 Antiques and Gardens; Main Street Antiques & Furniture; Trenton Shoppers Drug Mart; Sunflower Health Foods.